New York roadways can be extremely crowded and dangerous, particularly considering the number of commercial vehicles on the road. While there are steps you can take to improve your overall level of safety, you never know when another driver will cause an accident. While any driver can make a mistake, drive distracted or fail to obey traffic laws, commercial vehicles require an extra level of care when driving.
Unfortunately, there are times when truckers and truck companies act in a negligent manner. When this happens, the end result can be a serious accident that causes injury or death.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in New York include:
- Unrealistic scheduling. Some trucking companies do whatever it takes to push its drivers to the limits. For this reason, unrealistic scheduling often comes into play. When this happens, the driver tends to speed and/or not get as much sleep as he or she should.
- Unsafe weight. Piling in as much cargo as possible can help the bottom line, but it can also make it difficult to stop within a reasonable time.
- Driving while intoxicated. This doesn't just mean having too much to drink before getting behind the wheel. Prescription drugs, or a combination of prescription drugs, may make a driver drowsy, or could influence a truck driver's behavior. A driver taking stimulants to stay awake may speed, for example.
If you ever find yourself involved in a truck accident, don't wait to receive medical treatment - even if the injury may appear minor at first. Many head and back injuries take some time to diagnose.
Once you are feeling better and looking toward the future, consult with an experienced New York truck accident attorney. This person can answer your questions, explain your legal rights, and help you understand the steps you need to take if you want to seek compensation from the negligent party.