Improper Loading Or Overloading Of Trucks Results In Death Or Serious Injury

truck accident lawyer NYCAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,900 deaths involved tractor-trailer accidents in 2012. Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers are extremely dangerous due to a truck’s weight and size. According to the NHTSA overloading and improperly loading trucks is a key contributor to motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers.… Read the rest

Deadly 64-Vehicle Pile Up Under Investigation

On February 13, a massive pileup on I-78 in Pennsylvania that involved 64 vehicles and sent 73 people to hospitals is currently under investigation. Among the three fatalities was a 50-year Long Island resident who died at the scene.

The crash occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a whiteout snowstorm with low visibility, high winds and a lot of drifting snow. Of the 64 vehicles in the pileup 12 of them were commercial. Ambulances and four medical helicopters took the 73 injured to 11 hospitals.

The investigation into the cause of the accident will take weeks and possibly even up … Read the rest

NTSB Faults Wal-Mart Truck Driver for Accident Severely Injuring Comedian Tracy Morgan

The National Transportation Safety Board (“NSTB”) reported that its investigation into the truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in which comedian Tracy Morgan was severely injured and another comedian killed found the driver of the Wal-Mart truck that struck Morgan’s limousine responsible for the accident.  The truck driver had not slept in 28 hours and had failed to slow down despite posted warning signs.  The board said the truck driver could have prevented the, crash if he had slowed to 45 mph, the posted speed limit for the construction work zone where the crash occurred.

The truck traveled 0.9 … Read the rest

New Rule Requiring Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on Heavy Trucks and Large Buses Hopes to Save Lives

The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized its rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses.  NHTSA estimates the rule will prevent as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries and 49 fatalities each year. ESC will prevent up to 56 percent of untripped, rollover crashes.  Untripped rollover crashes are rollover crashes not caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road. The rule is also expected to provide net economic benefits of more than $300 million annually resulting from preventing crashes, reducing congestion, and preventing property damage,

The requirement will … Read the rest

Truck Accidents and Driving under the Influence

There are very few people who do not feel that drunk driving is a serious threat to public safety. However, while any instance of drunk driving is a serious concern, a trucker who drives while intoxicated could pose even more danger than the average driver. At the Long Island firm of Levine & Slavit, PLLC, we represent all types of trucking accidents, including those involving drunk driving. We are committed to obtaining the compensation our clients deserve and to reducing the number of drunk driving accidents.

A Look at the Statistics

According to the Department of Transportation, there are … Read the rest

Truck Accidents Caused by Faulty Equipment

Although Long Island is not as notorious for aggressive driving and congested streets as Manhattan, as a resident, you do encounter significant dangers from vehicles on the road. One of the biggest risks you face in Long Island stems from truck accidents and faulty equipment. Our streets are filled with trucks, from construction vehicles to moving vans, fire engines to delivery trucks. However, truck accidents can be caused by more than poor driving. Whether or not a driver acted recklessly, faulty equipment can be a cause or major contributing factor in an accident. If you or a loved one … Read the rest

The Facts about Truck Accidents and Driver Fatigue

Driving and fatigue can be a deadly combination. For most people, this is simply a fact to bear in mind and avoid when possible. But for many truck drivers, who are expected to drive for consecutive hours on a daily basis, fatigue is nearly unavoidable. Unfortunately, tired motorists do not only put themselves at risk, but also everyone around them. In the event an accident occurs, other innocent parties could be severely injured.

In the event you are involved in an accident with a truck in the Long Island area, do not hesitate to contact our office. Through the guidance … Read the rest

The Dangers Posed by Jackknife Truck Accidents

All auto accidents need to be taken very seriously. Victims of auto accidents may experience lasting injuries. Some injuries, such as those that affect the spine, and affect an accident victim’s ability to perform their normal job duties or even do basic tasks. In such cases, it is important to consider meeting with a legal representative to hold the negligent party responsible for the accident occurring. Do not try to go it alone — a personal injury attorney is crucial for successful legal outcomes.

Right now, our law firm would like to consider jackknife truck accidents and why these kinds … Read the rest