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There are more than 5,000 Truck Accident Deaths in the USA Each Year

Every year truck accidents are the cause of thousands of serious injuries and fatalities. Truck accidents are more likely to cause serious injury than car accidents because of their size and weight. A loaded tractor trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds while the average passenger car, weighs about 3,000 pounds.

Stuart L. Finz, the senior partner and truck accident trial lawyer at the Finz firm has obtained the largest recorded cash settlement in a personal injury truck accident case in New York State history. The record truck accident settlement was in the sum of $24.5 Million. Mr. Finz has been named one of the top personal injury trial lawyers in New York State by New York Super Lawyers, and is listed in the New York Law Journal report of Largest Verdicts. After winning numerous Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts and Settlements, he was selected as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration there are over:

  • 4,500 large trucks involved in fatal crashes each year
  • 5,000 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks each year
  • 135,000 large trucks are involved in non-fatal crashes each year
  • 60,000 large trucks are involved in crashes that cause personal injury each year
  • 90,000 injuries are caused by crashes involving large trucks each year

Contributing Factors of Serious to Fatal Trucking Accidents

There are many contributing factors to Nationwide truck accidents. In order to conduct a thorough investigation you need an experienced and successful truck accident lawyer. The Finz firm will conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf. Some common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Lack of training of the truck driver
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Oversized trucks
  • Poorly maintained brakes
  • Driving in poor conditions poor visibility, fog, snow, or rain
  • Truck driver inexperience
  • Fatigued truck drivers that drive without mandated "off duty" time
  • Speeding over the limit or driving at high speeds for existing weather conditions
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Aggressive driving behavior
  • Truck drivers driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Truck drivers with long record of traffic accidents or violations
  • Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights, or other warning devices

Trucking accidents are far too common and pose complex legal issues. It is important to seek an experienced truck accident lawyer in order to maximize your recovery. While typical laws of negligence apply, there are also special Federal and State laws that apply to commercial semi-truck drivers and trucking companies.

Legal Help for Truck Accident Victims

The experienced New York based truck accident lawyers at the Finz firm have amassed the top team of truck accident experts in the Nation to assist you and your family in recovering full compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. The Finz firm represents truck accident victims throughout United States. Contact the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the Free Truck Accident Case Evaluation form.

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Drug Use Common Among Truck Drivers

May 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An accident outside Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 22nd, 2018 illustrates the dangers of drug use by drivers of semi trucks.  The incident occurred when a semi went the wrong way down a local street, barreling through red lights and only coming to a stop after striking another vehicle.  The driver then fled the scene, only to be discovered hours later, naked but nearby.  Investigating police believe Mr. Kennon was under the influence of PCP.

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Failure to Perform Maintenance a Factor in Truck Accidents

April 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properly maintaining a semi is key to keeping it functional and safe.  Non-professional drivers have been trained to get regular fuel changes on their cars and SUVs, but the extent of normal maintenance required for light duty trucks and sedans is negligible compared to what is necessary for a long haul trucker to insure his rig is safe.

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Drug Use Soars Among Professional Drivers

April 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The opioid crisis continues to rage across America, affecting millions of families.  More and more people are becoming addicts, and with the rise of powerful drugs such as fentanyl, the number of overdose deaths continues to increase.  The ready availability of these pharmaceuticals, either by prescription shopping or illegal purchases, has attracted the attention of law enforcement at the community, state, and Federal level.

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Lost Loads Problem For Trucks

April 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properly securing cargo and other loads is of exceptional importance in regard to dump trucks, pickup trucks, and tractor trailers, as evidenced by an April 17th, 2018 accident outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A dump truck was hauling slag dust when it struck a concrete median, causing the dust to spill lose, obstructing vision and ultimately causing a five-vehicle pileup.

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Stay Clear of Trucks Travelling at High Speeds

March 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A motorist stranded next to their disabled vehicle was killed by a gravel truck on February 12th, 2018, in Yuba County, California.  The gravel truck took a turn too fast, leading it to tip over and crush the deceased in what is being described as a freak accident.

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Blind Spots on Large Trucks

March 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Blind spots are an annoyance for most drivers, though careful adjustment of rear-view mirrors can all but eliminate them.  Still, despite those adjustments, most drivers have experienced the heart-pounding moment when a vehicle seems to emerge from nowhere and almost causes an accident.

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Often Trucks Involved in Multi-Vehicle Accidents

February 16, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On February 3rd, 2017, a seven vehicle pileup on the Ryan Expressway in Chicago, IL resulted in 11 people being sent to the hospital.  It comes as no surprise to some that a dump truck was involved in the accident, as large trucks are all too often involved in multi-vehicle accidents of this sort. Federal officials have long recognized that large trucks are a significant factor in multi-vehicle collisions, with large trucks represented in 73 percent of fatal multi-vehicle crashes.  According to research, driver error accounts for 89 percent of those crashes.

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Two Dangerous Truck Incidents with Two Drastically Different Outcomes

January 17, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sharing the road with trucks and tractor-trailers does not create the ideal driving condition for motorists. The large vehicles are a safety hazard on their own without adding driver error to the mix. Sometimes though, it is the truck driver who makes the difference between a close call and a deadly accident.

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Lack of Rest Areas Are a Danger for Truck Drivers

August 31, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Riding alongside trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers has become the norm on our nation’s roads. Truck drivers navigate through congested metro areas, or travel long stretches of straight highway to arrive at their destination safely and with their shipments intact. In order to do that, truck drivers must be able to stop and rest as needed, something required by law. The problem is many truck drivers are having a difficult time finding a place to take that mandated rest.

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Truck Accidents Cause Dreadful Conditions for Commuters

May 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When there is an accident involving a large truck on the road it is bound to cause problems for other commuters. The New York area was hit especially hard this week when two separate accidents involving tractor-trailers caused major headaches for a large number of both motorists and Metro-North passengers.

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Trucks and Commercial Vehicles: Take Caution in the Ice and Snow

January 07, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If you’ve ever seen the show Ice Road Truckers, you’ve seen what many of us cannot imagine: extreme icy and steep road conditions that loom before the men and women who take their lives into their own hands every day simply doing their jobs.  Driving logging trucks, semi-trucks that carry vehicles and other equipment, and diesel trucks that transport contaminants and hazardous materials day in and day out are just a few of those jobs they must endure.

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New Federal Rule Affects Commercial Drivers

May 30, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations affect most drivers of commercial vehicles, including those in New York. Generally, a commercial motor vehicle is a vehicle that is used in interstate commerce and meets minimum weight or passenger criteria. Such vehicles include, for example, trucks weighing over five tons that travel across state lines. HOS regulations limit the hours a commercial vehicle driver can be on the road in a period of time. The purpose of these regulations is to reduce the incidence of truck accidents.

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