Off-Road Trucking Accidents Precautions 

off-road truck stuck at snowOff-roading and overlanding have become increasingly popular these past few years. Many people enjoy going out onto trails and roads that not everyone gets to ride on.

Major car companies have caught on to this new hobby and are manufacturing vehicles built for these roads that are still available to use as daily drivers. In particular, the demand for high-powered off-road trucks has grown in popularity.

While you’ll want to go out and have fun with your recreational truck, there are serious accidents that can happen, so you always have to be cautious. 

Being Stranded Or Stuck 

One of the biggest concerns for most off-roaders is being stranded. Oftentimes, these trails don’t have cell service. Not many authorities are there to help either. If something is to happen to your off-road camping vehicle such as getting stuck in the mud, running out of gas, or simply breaking down, you’re going to need to have planned ahead for the worse, just in case. 

When you are driving on the trails, you’re bound to come across puddles. While puddles aren’t big deals on maintained gravel roads, that is not the case when you’re out on trails and have no way of knowing how deep a puddle is. Water puddles can be a few inches deep, but they could also be much deeper and cause damage to your recreational truck. Additionally, mud causes vehicles to slide and tires to lose traction. You can easily get stuck or slide in mud and require someone to pull you out. 

Animals 

You might think that you are alone out in the wilderness, but you have to remember that there are animals living around you. Depending on your location, you might have to watch out for deer, bears, and other predators in the woods that may jump out of nowhere into the middle of your path. Heavier trucks are more difficult to reach to a full stop so large animals can not only damage your truck, but also cause serious injuries from swerving into a tree or hitting the animal. 

Incoming Vehicles 

While you’re on trails, it’s easy not to realize that you are out on a public road because there are often not many people out there. However, you have to recognize that there can be other people near you driving their recreational vehicles. There are often no speed limits set out on these trails or no authorities to enforce them, so it is easier to inadvertently speed. Driving at a reasonable speed in case another person drives out in front of you from a connected or hidden path will allow you to stop in time. 

Precautions 

Each time you go out on trails, you have to make sure that you take precautions beforehand. It’s always a good idea to have: 

  • Off-road insurance 
  • The proper equipment, such as a wench and tow straps 
  • A full tank of gas 
  • Satellite radio 
  • GPS Chargers 
  • Food and water 
  • Friends and/or family that know where you are 

Whether you’re with friends, family, or a group of fellow off-roaders, you should recognize that there are dangers out on the seemingly peaceful wilderness. It’s better to be overly cautious than caught off guard in a bad situation. 

Contact Us 

If you or a close family member is involved in any kind of truck accident, The O’Brien Law Firm can help. When you pursue a personal injury claim, you need professionals that will be there for you. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Work-Related Truck Accidents

Truck AccidentTruck accidents can often be more devastating than a typical car accident because of how big and heavy trucks are.

Trucks have caused massive spills on the road requiring long and tedious clean ups in addition to deadly highway pileups.

In addition to road accidents, there are many accidents that happen off the road, such as when employees are required to work with trucks in their line of work. No one should feel unsafe at work.

If a work-related injury happens to you, our attorneys know how to help. 

Many jobs require being familiar with big trucks including industrial, towing, and dump trucks. According to the United States Department of Labor, there are costly work-related accidents involving trucks multiple times every month. Depending on the job, accidents include electrocution, being crushed and killed, and having amputated limbs. Whichever situation you or your close family member is in, you can sue for workers’ compensation when an injury happens at work. 

Employer Safety Measures 

If you are the owner of a business that requires work trucks, you owe it to your employees to have your premises, equipment, and trucks in safe and working order. Oftentimes, these work-related accidents are preventable. To prevent one of your employees getting hurt at work and furthermore suing your business, you can: 

  • Make sure that each employee is aware of the dangers and severity of injuries trucks can cause 
  • Conduct quarterly safety meetings with your employees to remind them of the importance of being careful 
  • Consistently conduct safety checks on a regular basis and maintain the trucks 
  • Allow your employees to take sufficient breaks throughout the day to avoid burning out and making careless errors 
  • Enforce policies and guidelines when around trucks and discipline employees for not following them 

Employee Safety Measures 

As an employee, you also need to be additionally careful around trucks to avoid severe to fatal injuries to yourself and others. Always remember to: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings, blind spots, and make sure to use all necessary signals 
  • Wear the proper safety gear required for the work area you are in 
  • Follow each rule and pay attention to updates and notifications 
  • Take breaks so that your mind stays clear and sharp 
  • Immediately consult with a supervisor or owner when you notice something malfunctioning 

What To Do 

If a work-related accident occurs, the first thing to do is contact the authorities. Medical attention may be needed. After, you should always speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Write down exactly what happened so that you can refresh your memory in the future if you ever need to. After considering all your options, an attorney will then be able to take the following steps on his or her part to pursue a lawsuit if you decide to sue. 

Contact Us 

If you are involved in a work-related truck accident, you can always count on the diligent attorneys at The O’Brien Law Firm to help you figure out what to do next. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free consultation so we can discuss all your options. We look forward to talking with you. 

How To Deal With Trucking Accidents

Big truck that burned on side of road after accidentTruck accidents have caused pile-ups on the highway as well as fatal accidents that would have been minor if it was a regular sedan.

Trucks are much larger and heavier than regular cars, so when a truck accident takes place, it is likely that multiple people and vehicles will be involved.

Due to the potential travesty that a truck accident can cause, additional expertise is required to operate one and truck drivers are required to be licensed to drive any kind of commercial truck. 

What Truck Drivers Deal With 

Driving for hours and hours can be exhausting. Truck drivers have to put up with: 

  • The sun causing eye strain 
  • The same monotonous scenery of trees, roads, and cars 
  • Driving for hours at a time 
  • Meeting pressing deadlines 
  • Lack of communication and companionship with friends and family 
  • Not having much downtime 
  • Maneuvering a large and heavy vehicle 
  • Finding places to eat that might need to meet their dietary restrictions 
  • Traffic jams, detours, and road construction 
  • Other drivers and their errors 

Taking all of this into consideration, it is understandable that truck drivers tend to be tired, stressed, and even depressed. Regardless of their state of mind, they are still required to meet their deadlines while driving responsibly with additional care and precision. 

How Truck Drivers Can Prevent Accidents 

Even though a truck driver may need to meet a deadline, everyone needs a break. Studies have shown that people can get back to work and be even more effective after taking a break to rest their minds. It would be unreasonable for a truck driver to also never take breaks. At rest stops, hotels, and restaurants, it is important for truck drivers alike to: 

  • Stretch 
  • Call, FaceTime, or text friends and family 
  • Play a relaxing game on their phone 
  • Eat a balanced meal 
  • Take a nap 

While driving, Podcasts, Audiobooks, and new music are all good choices to stay awake and focused, presuming drivers can play audio without handling a phone as this could require taking their eyes off the road. 

How Other Drivers Can Prevent Accidents 

Often, truck accidents are caused by other drivers on the road. Sometimes, such accidents could have been prevented if other drivers were more careful. Even if you’re not driving a huge vehicle, always remember to: 

  • Be aware of your blind spots and those of others 
  • Allow trucks room to turn, brake, and change lanes 
  • Stay focused and refrain from distractions such as texting and eating 
  • Continue to be informed about accident prevention 
  • Look up exactly where you have to go and whether you may run into traffic 
  • Do not drive while emotional 
  • Keep your car well-maintained to avoid mechanical failures 

If An Accident Occurs 

If you are involved in a truck accident, you should always contact an attorney. You should not speak with an insurance company until you consult with an attorney because insurance companies may try to settle your claim for less than you deserve. If a family member passes away due to a trucking accident, you may also be able to recover in their place. 

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If you are injured in a truck accident, our experienced attorneys at O’Brien can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free consultation and we can discuss your possible remedies. 

Common Reasons Why Truck Accidents Occur 

Long vehicle overturned and lying in ditch on sideTruck accidents can oftentimes cause more damage that an accident involving two regular-sized vehicles.

Trucks are larger, heavier, and more difficult to handle.

While driving in or around such huge vehicles, drivers are required to take additional precautions and be even more careful as these accidents can be devastating. 

Truck Driver Negligence 

Truck drivers must obtain a special license to drive a commercial truck. This is because they have additional responsibilities for driving these vehicles. First of all, semi-truck drivers often have to meet deadlines which can lead to long hours on the road. Hours of driving on a highway can lead to boredom, distractions, and rushing to reach the destination on time.

Truck drivers must keep in mind that their vehicle can be life-threatening the second their attention wanders or they start getting tired. The constant driving and watching out for other cars can lead to stress, alcohol or drug abuse, and other medical problems. 

Car Driver Negligence 

Car drivers must keep in mind how difficult driving a truck is along with the stress, angst, and caution truck drivers must deal with on a daily basis. In fact, studies have shown that the majority of truck accidents have been caused by the car driver, as opposed to the truck driver. If you’re a car driver and you are driving near a truck, try to give them space, and if possible, avoid them.

If you want to change lanes in front of one, remember that because of how heavy trucks are, it will be harder for them to brake, so make sure you are a safe distance away. Many trucks have signs that state how if you can’t see their mirrors, then they cannot see you. If you must drive behind a truck, ensure that the truck driver can see you by making sure that you can see his or her mirrors. 

Poor Maintenance And Checks 

Commercial truck drivers are required to properly maintain their trucks by completing safety checks before driving one to make sure that all the important functions are working properly. Checking the brakes, wheels, trailer hitch, and engine, are parts of the truck that should be checked. If any of those components would stop working, it could cause an accident and even a pile-up on the highway. 

Poor Road Conditions 

Unpredicted and uncontrollable road conditions can also lead to a truck accident that could have been avoided in regular situations. Weather, badly paved roads, and road rage and driving of other drivers can cause a driver to lose control of his truck.  

  • Weather: Driving a truck during snow or rain can lead to losing traction and control. Once a truck driver no longer has control of his or her truck, it can be clearly problematic. 
  • Badly Paved Roads: If roads are uneven or have potholes or objects on them, it could lead for the truck driver to lose control or swerve out of the way. 
  • Other Drivers’ Attitudes and Driving: As stated above, the majority of truck accidents are caused by other cars. Whether they are stuck in traffic, trying to rush somewhere, or are careless about how difficult it is to drive a semi-truck, avoid such a conflict by keeping calm and informed while driving. 

Contact Us 

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys at O’Brien Law Firm will gladly review your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at  (716) 907-7777 as soon as you can. 

Commercial Truck Driving Consequences 

Blank poster ready truckPeople who drive large commercial trucks for companies are required to obtain special commercial licenses and they must also be more vigilant while driving such massive motor vehicles.

 

Large trucks have caused severe and fatal wrecks on the highway including pileups and freak accidents.

 

Each state has its own requirements to obtain a commercial license, but regardless of the requirements, truck drivers are held to a higher standard because of how deadly these vehicles can be.

Vicarious Liability

Companies that hire truck drivers need to make sure that they hire suitable drivers because, with vicarious liability, they can be held liable if one of their drivers is the cause of an accident. Companies need to conduct background checks on their drivers and make sure that they have the correct commercial licenses, especially when driving through interstate traffic.

If a company fails to act reasonably and negligently hires a poor driver, then an accident victim could not only sue the driver, but also the company that hired and provided a company truck to the driver.

Drivers’ Health Problems

Truck drivers are usually required to drive for long hours throughout the day and night. This can lead to many health risks such as:

Sleep Problems

Staying up for excessive hours while staying alert can lead to losing sleep while remaining strained. If a driver falls asleep at the wheel or doses off for a few seconds, it could lead to a severe accident; so many drivers will drink multiple cups of coffee to stay awake and alert. This interferes with drivers’ sleep cycles and forces them to stay awake for many more hours at a time than normal.

Depression

Driving alone on the road for many hours at a time can understandably become lonely. Trucks drivers will have to be away from their families and friends and spend a lot of time without human interaction.

Stress

Driving a regular car on a day-to-day basis can be stressful as it is, but truck drivers have added stress as they have to handle such a large vehicle, as well as know that they had added pressure to remain even more attentive to smaller cars. Commercial truck drivers know that this is their livelihoods, and they cannot afford to make a silly mistake on the road, as that could cost them their jobs.

Obesity

Being on the highway and away from home to meet deadlines will inevitably lead to eating at restaurants that will serve a quick meal so that drivers can get back on the road. Eating at restaurants is clearly not as healthy as eating at home, especially if a driver will want a fast meal and opt for a fast food joint.

Prevention

Although you cannot prevent driving on the road with another commercial truck around, there are ways that you can lessen your chances of an accident. If you see a truck, know that they have lowered visibility and cannot brake as quickly as a light-weight car. Try to stay away from their blind spots and be sure you have enough room when changing lanes in front of a truck. The best thing you can do is to be informed of the dangers of commercial trucks and be on high-alert when near one.

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If you or a close family member has been injured in a truck accident, O’Brien Law Firm can help. Contact our skilled attorneys today for a free, risk-free consultation to determine what your options are. Call (716) 907-7777 today so we can help you receive compensation.

Moving Truck Accidents 

Logging Truck Accident On Highway Hiring a professional moving company can sometimes cost thousands of dollars depending on the distance, number of belongings, and company prices.

Renting a box truck to move everything yourself is not only more convenient than using a regular car but is also usually much less expensive.

However, most companies only have valid license and age requirements, so inexperienced people can rent moving trucks without realizing the potential dangers. 

Safety Concerns 

Moving trucks are much larger and heavier, making them harder to maneuver and guide than a regular car. Furthermore, because of the large box-size without windows, there are many more blind spots, so you can’t see behind yourself while driving in addition to lowered visibility. An inexperienced driver may not realize whether anything is wrong as well. For example, there have been cases where the back latch was not securely fastened, and items spilled out. This can cause severe accidents for other drivers on the road and could cause immense traffic jams. 

Driving a moving truck requires: 

  • Using additional caution 
  • Making wider turns 
  • Taking note where your blind spots are 
  • Guidance when backing out, as you will not be able to see behind your rental 
  • Driving slowly and patiently 
  • Carefully maneuvering the large size of the truck when driving through narrow streets 
  • Securing the back latch securely to avoid belongings spilling out 
  • Paying close attention to your surroundings 
  • Adhering to the rules of the road 

Who Is Liable? 

If a company allows someone without a valid license to rent one of their trucks, they could be held liable for injuries following an accident. Likewise, if a company rents to someone who has clearly been drinking or under the influence of drugs, they will not escape liability. Furthermore, they are required to complete a safety check prior to renting to make sure that the latch, lights, and brakes are in proper working condition. Companies are required to upkeep and maintain their trucks. Proving that a company was negligent in the rental process or inspection could allow you to sue them following a wreck. 

On the other hand, the driver of the moving truck can also be liable. Just like driving a regular car, drivers must abide by the laws and drive safely. Inexperience and the fact that the rental company properly rented a truck to the driver, does not mean that the driver won’t be held liable for his own negligence or mishandling of driving a rental truck. Because moving trucks are much harder to drive than a regular car, you must be confident in your ability to drive one and take all the precautions listed above. Otherwise, you should thoroughly consider spending the extra money on professional movers to avoid an accident, injuries, and possible liability. 

Contact Our Attorneys 

If you or a close family member has been involved in a moving truck accident, you should contact our skilled attorneys as soon as possible to see what we can do for you. We will be able to review and evaluate the unique facts of your case and let you know what your options are to pursue a suit. Call us at (716) 907-7777 today for a free consultation.

Everything You Need To Know About Tractor Trailer Accidents 

tractor trailer rolls over and lands in the median A tractor trailer is a vehicle that is a semi with an attached trailer to it.

People who operate them must drive for many hours, meet deadlines, and obey all the applicable laws.

It takes a lot of patience and awareness to be capable of driving such a large vehicle because they are very difficult to properly drive, especially under the circumstances.

Driving a tractor trailer involves being even more aware of blind spots for other cars and being extra careful while turning. Tractor trailer accidents have caused not only fires and severe injuries, but also deaths and highway car pileups. 

Safety Measures 

When you are driving on the road or highway, you have safety precautions that you should take to avoid accidents with tractor trailers. Some tips are to: 

  1. Try your best to avoid tractor trailers: Although sometimes the traffic flow makes it unavoidable, keeping a safe distance from these vehicles is recommended so that you not only have better visibility, but also avoid potential accidents. It is easy for a tractor trailer to accidentally take a sedan or SUV off the road because of how massive they are, so if you must be near one, try your best to give them plenty of room on the road. 
  2. Avoid being in blind spots of tractor trailers: Because of the lengths of the trailers attached to these types of vehicles, they have more blind spots than a regular car. While driving, keep in mind that the driver may not see you and could merge into your lane thinking that he or she had space. 
  3. Give tractor trailers space when they are backing out or turning: The large length of tractor trailers requires them to make wide turns, often needing to maneuver between driving forward and backward to get onto a road. When you see that a vehicle of this length is trying to turn, give them space so that they can take those wide turns without damaging your car. 
  4. Do not cut off or abruptly break in front of a tractor trailer: Tractor trailers are typically extremely heavy. Therefore, it takes a lot more for one to reach a complete stop while braking. Avoid being rear-ended by keeping an eye of your rearview mirror and try to drive carefully when a tractor trailer is directly behind you and double check that you have room to merge into another lane. 

Suing the Company 

If you become involved in a tractor trailer accident, you may be able to receive money for your damages and/or loss. You can sue the company that the driver was working for because under vicarious liability, the company will be held responsible for the driver’s actions while he or she was within the scope of his or her employment. The company has a duty to drivers on the road to hire authorized, responsible, and competent drivers. Whether you decide to sue the driver, company, or both, our team of attorneys can advise you on the best actions you should take under your set of unique facts. 

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If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident or if your close family member has passed away from an accident involving a tractor trailer, contact our team of experienced attorneys at the O’Brien Law Firm to see what we can do for you. Call us at (716) 907-7777 today. 

Truck Under-Ride Collisions 

Rear Underride CrashTruck underride collisions are among the most deadly types of truck crashes.

Approximately 25 % of all truck involved fatalities are from these underride collisions.

There are two common types of underride collisions, rear underride collisions and side underride collision.  

 

Rear Under-Ride Collisions 

Rear underride collisions occur when a passenger vehicle collides with, and slides under the rear of a semitrailer or truck.  Factors which can contribute to a car rear ending a truck include: 

  • Trucks that are moving slower than the flow of traffic
  • Inoperative taillightsDirty or dimly light taillights
  • Failure to use reflective triangles when parked at the side of the road
  • Failure to alert drivers by using flashers when entering or exiting highways at slow speeds, or when driving up an incline at a slower pace. 

Trucks take longer to get up to speed after entering the freeway than cars do.  Trucks also need more time to slow down when preparing to exit the freeway.  Many trucks must stop at railroad crossings.  Any of these actions, when combined with taillights that don’t properly alert a car driver the truck in front of them is slowing down, can lead to a rear underride collision.   

While congress mandated underride guards on trucks after the 1967 crash that killed Jayne Mansfield, they haven’t been considered particularly effective until recently.  In 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) issued five North American semitrailer manufacturers the new TOUGHGUARD award, recognizing rear underride guards “designed to prevent a range of deadly underride crashes.” 

Side Under-Ride Collisions 

While progress is being made to protect drivers from rear underride collisions, the same cannot be said about side underride collisions.  Unfortunately, drivers have little to no protection from side underride collisions.  Currently, there is no requirement trucks have a side guard to protect car drivers and their passengers from side underride collisions.   

Side underride collisions often happen at night or when the sun is at a low angle.  Typically, the truck driver is attempting a U-turn, is backing across traffic, or attempting to cross or turn onto a street or highway when the side underride collision occurs.  Due to several factors, car drivers have little if any opportunity to see the truck and the danger it presents, and to take preventative action.   

The difficulty lies on the truck’s conspicuity.  Four factors contribute: 

  • Color 
  • Movement 
  • Brightness 
  • Shape 

Any one of these can impact a truck’s conspicuity, but when two or more factors combine, the danger of side underride accidents increases. 

Color 

Objects the same color as the background are more difficult to see than one with colors in sharp contrast with the background.   When the light is dim, such as at dusk, or at night, the tractor trailer may not provide enough contrast with the background to be easily seen.  When trucks carry protruding loads, such as lumber or pipe, this increases both daytime and nighttime underride potential.   

Movement 

Faster moving objects are more readily observable.  Combine a gray tractor trailer with little color contrast to the gray sky and concrete, moving slowly as it backs up across a street, and the odds of an underride collision increase. 

Brightness 

Reflective tape and good side and taillights provide contrast.  However, surfaces with poor reflectivity, and dim or dirty lights, do not stand out against a poorly lit background.   

Shape 

An object’s shape can affect its contrast with the background.   

Less Lighting 

On the side of a tractor trailer truck, lights can be small and spaced up to 26 feet apart.  This often does not give the car driver enough information to understand they are approaching the side of a truck.  Without an external light source, tractor trailers are often not recognized as such until it is too late.   

If You Or A Loved One Has Had An Under-Ride Accident 

Underride accidents can cause serious injury and death to drivers and passengers in cars.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an underride accident, the accident was probably not your fault.  Even in the daytime, there are situations where a truck simply cannot be seen until it is too late.   

At O’Brien & Ford, we know how truck accidents can devastate families.  We will come to you to speak with you about your accident and your injuries.  You may be entitled to compensation for missed work, past and future medical bills, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.  We do not charge a fee to meet with clients or take on cases.  At O’Brien & Ford, you only pay us a fee if we win your case.  Contact us today at (716) 907-7777.  Let us help you and your family through this difficult time.    

Big Trucks and Blind Spots

Understanding the “No Zone”

The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) identifies large blind spots as one of several operating limitations of large trucks and buses, along with long stopping distances and making wide turns.  Big truck blind spots include 20 feet in front of the truck, 30 feet behind the truck, as well as blind spots to the right and the left of the vehicle.  As a simple rule of thumb, passing vehicles should presume they are in a truck driver’s blind spot unless they can see the truck driver’s face in the truck’s side mirror.

Safety Tips in Blind Spots

The FMCSA offers several suggestions for driving safely around large trucks and buses.

Be Aware of Your Position

Because truck driver blind spots are large, drivers are encouraged to stay out of “no zones” whenever possible.  Obviously, this isn’t always possible.  Drivers should bear blind spots in mind when passing a big truck, or merging next to a big truck.  Drivers should also watch for trucks turning, backing up, or changing lanes.

Passing Safely

When you pass a big truck, recall first the blind spot up to 30 feet behind the truck.  Make sure you are out of this blind zone.  Signal your turn before moving into the left lane.  Accelerate to pass the truck quickly and safely.  Do not linger in the blind spot on the side of the truck.  Make sure you can see the truck in your rearview mirror before you return to your own lane in front of the truck.

When a truck is passing your car, stay in the right lane and slow down slightly.  This gives the truck driver room to pass safely.  It also allows the driver to pass more quickly, getting you out of the blind spot faster.

Watch for Signals

Buses and trucks need more turning room.  Consequently, they may initiate turns from the middle lane, rather than the far right.  If a truck driver is signaling a turn, believe them, even if they don’t appear to you to be in a turning lane.  Never try to speed by a truck on the right when they are signaling a right – hand turn.  Recall, you are driving directly in a “no zone,” and the truck driver may not see you.  Similarly, when a truck comes onto the highway, merging from the right, bear in mind the driver’s extended blind spot.  If you can slow down, or change lanes further to the left, do so.

Big Truck Statistics

FMCSA offers some sobering facts about accidents with large trucks and buses.

  • 7 out of every 10 people killed in crashes with large trucks are occupants of other vehicles.
  • 30 % of all fatal crashes that occur in work zones involve one or more large trucks.
  • 61 % of all fatal crashes involving large trucks happen on rural roads.

If You Have Been Injured by a Big Truck or Tractor Trailer

If you are injured by a big truck, or if you have lost a loved one in a crash with a big truck, you may be entitled to compensation.  At The O’Brien Firm, we will come to you to discuss your case at no cost to you.  We only charge a fee if we recover for you.  Give us a call at 716-907-7777 today.

 

 

The Dangers of Tractor-Trailer Companies Cutting Corners

Tractor-trailer accidents result in roughly 5,000 deaths each and every year in the United States. The trucks are large, heavy and don’t react as quickly as compact cars. This is why it’s always important to keep them properly maintained.

 

For every number of hours on the road, large trucks need to undergo detailed inspections to ensure that their equipment is sufficiently maintained. If these are skipped, it increases the likelihood of things going catastrophically wrong. Unfortunately, the problem can occur more frequently when the companies running the fleet aren’t responsible enough to maintain compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

 

Due to the size and weight of tractor-trailers, it takes less of an impact on compact cars to cause damage and injury to the people involved. This is why it is of utmost importance to take every step possible in order to avoid any chance of an accident. One of the easiest steps is complying with the federal regulations and keeping up with the maintenance of fleets.

 

In fact, according to the IIHS, tractor-trailers running with defective equipment were two times more likely to be involved in a crash than trucks with no present defects. In addition, it was found that in the tractor-trailer crashes that were investigated, 42% of them involved defective brakes. If you need more evidence, in a 2010 study conducted by the Transportation Research Record, it was concluded that after the post-crash inspection almost 55% of crashes had at least one mechanical violation.

 

When these crashes do occur, they are most commonly front-end collisions, rear-ending, sideswiping and t-boning. All of which can result in serious injury or even death to any person involved. While oftentimes the truck drivers get away unscathed, individuals and families in compact vehicles barely make it away with their lives. Serious injuries apart from death can include traumatic spinal injuries, brain damage, internal organ injuries as well as paralysis and amputation.

 

You’re in Good Hands with The O’Brien Firm

 

At The O’Brien Firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will relentlessly seek justice for those injured in trucking accidents. We continue fighting until our clients receive the compensation that they deserve. This is because at The O’Brien Firm, we consider not only our clients, but also their families and loved ones. Our mission is to ensure that when the lawsuit is over and the dust has settled, everyone is able to make a fresh start.

 

When you choose the O’Brien Firm to manage your case, you can focus on recovering, knowing that we will work day-in and day-out to pursue the justice you deserve. If you or your loved ones were injured as a result of a large truck accident, contact our team at (716) 907-7777. And remember, you only pay if we win your case.