Given the unique dangers of tractor-trailers and big rigs, it's no surprise that causes of collisions are almost as varied as each truck accident itself. Trucks handle differently than passenger vehicles on the road and are susceptible not only to the vagaries of weather and road condition, but to training issues, mechanical defects, and driver error on the part of the truck driver and other drivers on the road.
In 2007, the results of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study that looked at contributing causes of big rig accidents were published. This study found that tire failure, driver fatigue, and lack of electronically-controlled braking system were the biggest mechanical errors responsible for truck collisions. The article pointed out that electronically-controlled disc brakes could reduce stopping distances by as much as 30 percent.
Driver error was also found to be one of the greatest causes of truck accidents. Sleepy or improperly rested drivers tend to make worse decisions than drivers with comparable training who have had enough rest. In addition, many truck drivers face time pressures that contribute to bad decision-making on the road - and dangerous or fatal crashes. In addition, drug or alcohol abuse or health problems can also cause or contribute to a truck accident.
Weather conditions and unsafe roads can also cause truck accidents. In addition, improperly trained passenger vehicle drivers sometimes do not understand how to share the road and can contribute to collisions, jackknifing, or dangerous rollovers. No matter what the cause, the consequences of a truck accident can be complex at best, fatal at worst. Property damage and life-threatening injuries can plague victims, some of whom don't know where to turn as they seek compensation for their injuries.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP we specialize in New York truck accident lawsuits and can help you get the compensation you deserve without the stress, hassle, and danger of dealing with adverse insurance companies and multiple parties. Your time, money, and health are valuable - protect your legal rights with experienced, aggressive attorneys who know what it takes to get compensation for your injuries. Have you been injured in a truck accident? Have questions about a potential lawsuit? Call today for a free, confidential case consultation.
Bryce Moses represented a young woman who was run over by a garbage truck in Brooklyn that shattered her ankle in three places.
The plaintiff asserted that the injuries suffered in the collision with the truck will permanently prevent her from working.
Kenneth Halperin, Philip Russotti
Joseph Stoduto and Cliff Shapiro were able to settle a truck accident case for the amount of $3,000,000 on behalf of a 45 year old delivery man from Queens.
Clifford Shapiro, Joseph Stoduto
Cliff Shapiro obtained a recovery for a 32-year-old male who was in the course of his employment with Access-A-Ride when his vehicle was struck by a flatbed tractor trailer.
WRSH attorneys obtained a $1,800,000 settlement a year before trial for two plaintiffs who were injured after they were struck by a garbage truck.
Clifford Shapiro, Noah Katz
This motor vehicle accident involved a 43 year old woman who was rear-ended by a New York City Department of Sanitation truck.
Michael Fitzpatrick, Clifford Shapiro
The plaintiff, a 29 year old male, was injured when he was a back seat passenger of a car that was sideswiped by a commercial truck which caused the car to be pushed off of the road into a tree.
Michael Fitzpatrick, Nicole Gill
WRSH attorneys Clifford Shapiro, Robert Bellinson and Joseph Stoduto were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $1,500,000 on behalf of a fifty-one year old librarian from Bronx County.
Clifford Shapiro, Robert Bellinson,Joseph Stoduto
Plaintiff sustained injuries to his knee and spine after his vehicle was rear-ended by a truck.
Philip Russotti and Brielle C. Goldfaden obtained a $1.3 million settlement after jury selection on a trial against the City of New York, the New York City Fire Department and an FDNY employee.
Philip Russotti, Brielle Goldfaden,William Hepner
Our client in this case was a 37-year old man who was injured when his parked school bus was sideswiped by the defendants' commercial truck.
Nicole Gill, Kenneth Halperin
Joseph Stoduto and Bryce Moses were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $1,150,000 on behalf of our client, a 35-year-old man from Kings County.
Joseph Stoduto, Bryce Moses
Our client was a 60 year old man who was stopped at a red light when defendant, who was driving a mack truck while performing garbage collection in Brooklyn, struck him in the rear.
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin attorney settled the case of our client being rear ended by an electrical contractor truck on the Van Wyck expressway.
Joseph Stoduto was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $750,000 on behalf of our client, a forty year old man from Queens County.
Joseph Stoduto was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $205,000 on behalf of our client, a thirty year old man from Kings County, NY.