Pushing limits -- sometimes it is a good thing, and sometimes it is not. When it comes to safety regulations, for example, pushing the limits or exceeding them is far from a good thing. The trucking industry is known for pushing boundaries, particularly when it comes to how much cargo is being moved at any given time. These trucks can only carry so much, and when overloaded, bad things can happen. Truck weight can and has contributed to a number of truck accidents in the state of New York and elsewhere.
Residents of an Upper East Side neighborhood were woken in the middle of the night on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the sounds of construction workers screaming. The New York City Department of Transportation was working on a project on East 88th Street when a worker in a truck backed over a worker on the street. This trucking accident claimed the life of one individual and emotionally scarred others for a lifetime.
Commercial truck drivers in New York and elsewhere have many tasks that they have to complete during their time on the road. Aside from getting cargo to its destination, the most important job truck drivers have is to operate their vehicles safely. Unfortunately, some lack the proper training to do that, and trucking accidents happen as a result.
Owning a vehicle comes with a lot of responsibility. In order to operate an automobile on New York roads, one has to ensure it is kept in good repair. Trucking companies and truck drivers, in particular, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, are supposed to go above and beyond when it comes to inspections, maintenance and repair. Failing to do so could lead to a trucking accident.
Law enforcement officers in New York are in the process of investigating a pedestrian accident involving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle. On the evening of May 3, a 52-year-old male was struck down by a USPS truck while crossing a street in Brooklyn. Sadly, the injuries suffered due to this truck accident victim proved fatal.
On Monday, Jan. 28, an armored truck collided with a BMW convertible. This truck accident is believed to have been the result of truck driver negligence. A total of three people suffered injuries in the wreck. According to the laws of New York, the victim may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set very strict guidelines that commercial drivers and their employers must abide by. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see these drivers doing their own thing anyway -- such as using their cellphones while operating their vehicles. Anyone in the state of New York who has been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident resulting from cellphone use may have legal recourse.
Auto collisions involving semitrailers and other larger vehicles happen all too often in New York. When they do, it is common for trucking companies and/or their insurance providers to offer victims settlement agreements with some level of compensation. Should a truck accident victim take a settlement agreement?
A New York man was riding his bike in Midtown when he was hit by a private sanitation truck. This is far from the first time a private sanitation truck has been involved in such an incident. In fact, the New York City Police Department says these vehicles are often involved in serious or deadly collisions. The victim of this most recent truck accident may be entitled to seek compensation for his losses.
It is not uncommon for semi-truck drivers to travel New York roadways during the night to avoid traffic and to meet deadline demands. Unfortunately, long hours and night travel can result in truck driver fatigue. Fatigue can result in danger for truck drivers and any other motor vehicle operators on the road. The actions prior to a recent accident have not been determined, but a recent accident involving a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of another driver.