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18-Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers · New York Injury Law Firm

To ensure their safety, 18-wheelers and other large trucks must be adequately maintained and operated by trained, competent drivers. When truck drivers and trucking companies are negligent in the operation and maintenance of 18-wheelers, the results can be fatal.

If you or someone close to you has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, the attorneys at the Finz firm are here to advocate for you. The Finz firm lawyers have extensive experience handling New York truck accident lawsuits involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

How has the Finz firm helped victims of truck accidents? Stuart L. Finz, the senior trial lawyer and CEO, has obtained the largest recorded truck accident settlement for an individual personal injury plaintiff in New York. The record settlement for the individual plaintiff was in the sum of $21 million.

To discuss your auto accident case, call the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the free case evaluation form.

The Causes of Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for issuing and enforcing safety regulations for the operation of 18-wheelers (semi trucks, big rigs) and other commercial trucks. The regulations set forth by the FMCSA cover nearly all aspects of the maintenance and operation of trucks.

When handling an 18-wheeler accident case, the Finz firm lawyers search for evidence that the driver or trucking company was in violation of trucking regulations. Trucking violations include:

  • Driving without taking adequate rest breaks (driver fatigue)
  • Driving with an overloaded or unsecured load
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Falsifying trucking logs

Truck Accident Injuries

Because of the speed and mass of semi trucks, the injuries sustained in truck accidents are often catastrophic and even fatal. As experienced personal injury lawyers, the Finz firm attorneys are adept at assessing the full extent of damage an injury has caused. They will apply their skill and experience in truck accident law to help you pursue full and fair compensation for the losses you have suffered.

Contact a New York Truck Injury Law Firm

If you, a family member or a friend has suffered a serious injury in an 18-wheeler accident, contact the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the free case evaluation form.

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Speeding Exacerbates Risk of Improper Loading

March 20, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properly loading the trailer of a semi is both art and science, but science alone will carry the driver as far as they need to go for safety purposes.  Through proper training, any person can learn to perform this skill competently, arranging the load in such a way that it is properly secured and balanced.  Balance is of primary importance, because an improperly balanced load will affect the handling of the truck, increasing the risk of the driver losing control and an accident occurring.

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Ignoring Weather Conditions is Risky Business

April 27, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 28-year-old St. Louis native is lucky to be alive after her vehicle was struck by multiple semi trucks on April 18, 2018.  She was driving through Nebraska when an unexpected winter squall set in, limiting visibility to the extent it was no longer safe to drive.  She slowed to a safe 30 mph and turned on her hazards, pleased to see other drivers were doing the same.

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Improper and Insufficient Training a Factor in Trucking Accidents

March 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A Commercial Driver’s License is required to drive a semi or certain other large trucks in most jurisdictions.  For long-haul trucking, attendance at a trucking school is usually the introduction to the profession.  These schools are designed to ensure that truckers receive the necessary training to be safe before they start piloting vehicles that weight in excess of three tons.

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Crossing Guard Gives Her Life to Save Child from Tragic 18-Wheeler Accident

November 02, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Students affectionately called her “Miss Carol.” For almost three decades she was a crossing guard at the same intersection in Hempstead, Long Island, protecting children going to and from school in a busy traffic area. Last week, she made the ultimate sacrifice by moving a child out of the way of an 18-wheeler, which in turn fatally struck the 66-year-old woman.

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Caution on the Road with Big Rigs

January 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On December 7th, 2015, a semi went off the road not too far from Indianapolis.  Semis going off the road is not particularly uncommon, and the driver isn’t always at fault.  Difficult road or weather conditions can cause even the most experienced driver to suffer an accident.  But in this case, it was the large quantities of alcohol in the driver’s system that were determined to be the primary factor in causing the accident.

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Truck Accidents: 18 Wheels and 82 Hours

January 06, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In 2011, after years and years of terrible accidents caused by allowing truck drivers on the roads without adequate sleep, the Department of Transportation stepped in and mandated that truckers get enough rest.  Even this rule allowed truckers to drive with only a 34 hour restart period every week, meaning a driver could still drive up to 82 hours a week.

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Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers: Causes and Concerns

February 14, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For many parts of the country, the winter season is not yet over.  Rare instances of freezing rain earlier this year in Utah caused road closures and slippery highways throughout the state, and rain and snow continue to inconvenience areas nationwide with no end in sight for better weather.  Road conditions easily cause accidents among pedestrians, drivers and truckers, especially those driving 18-wheelers, a type of vehicle that is unique in its construction and purpose.  So, if these vehicles are designed to handle themselves better than most on the road, how are they different and why are there so many accidents?

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