Tougher trucking regulations are avoided by the trucking industry through millions of dollars of donations and lobbying fees. Yet, deaths from truck related accidents continue to double the number of fatalities arising from car accidents. Truck drivers in their financially competitive environment know how to falsify hours and often refer to their log books as “comic books.” Yet, the fines are small and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cannot possibly ensure that eight million trucks run by over ½ million businesses follow the rules.
In 2005 in New York State, there were over 2400 serious injuries and over 140 deaths resulting from more than 3000 large truck crashes according to the U.S. Dept of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (”CSA”). Among the causes of these crashes (according to the CSA) were the truck driver’s failure to observe stop signs, turning in violation of traffic controls, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, passing stopped school buses, reacting to prescription drugs, being under the influence of alcohol or un-prescribed drugs or medications.
It is no wonder that accidents with heavy trucks involving a passenger vehicle frequently cause severe injury and disability due to the disproportionate size and weight of the involved vehicles.
If you or your loved ones have been involved in a trucking accident, you need the thorough and resourceful assistance of an attorney familiar with the rules and regulations governing truckers, trucking maintenance, and the trucking industry. The Greenberg Law Firm, LLP can help. An attorney from the firm will know your case, the details and specifics of the circumstances which caused the truck accident and be able to prove in court your entitlement to a fair and just recovery—including compensation for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and past and future medical expenses.