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Large Trucks Responsible for Greater Share of Road Deaths

Published September 30, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released data demonstrating large trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds are involved in more accidents resulting in highway deaths than other vehicles, as a percentage of vehicles on the road. Large trucks include tractor-trailers, single-unit trucks, and cargo vans.

Our NY injury attorneys remind Binghamton drivers to stay aware of the dangers these trucks bring to our roads and to give them plenty of room to stop, pass, and react to changes in traffic patterns.

The IIHS reported that New York truck drivers were involved in 9,500 vehicle crashes that resulted in 100 fatalities. Eighty-six of these fatalities were attributed to human factors, nine were attributed to vehicle factors, and the remaining were a result of nature or roadway factors.

The statistics also showed truck drivers are least likely to die from these accidents, but instead fatalities are more likely passengers in other vehicles.

Nationwide in 2009, 3,163 people died in large truck crashes in 2009. Fourteen percent of the fatalities were truck occupants with 70% being passengers in other cars. Fourteen percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.

Federal law established hours-of-service regulations that allow the truck drivers to be on the road for up to 11 hours before a rest stop. The law also sets limits of 77 hours over a 7-day period. Even the most alert truck driver requires as much as 40% longer to stop a fully loaded vehicle.

A sudden stop can take even longer when traveling at higher speeds, if roads are wet or snow-packed, or if the truck’s brakes and other equipment is not operating properly.

Drivers are responsible for staying within those guidelines to help eliminate driver fatigue as a driving danger.

The accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all New Yorkers to be aware of the dangers of sharing the roads with large trucks. Staying vigilant and maintaining safe distances around these trucks could help save your life in the event of sudden changes in road conditions.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to another person’s carelessness or a New York truck accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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