Legal News Archive by Area: Truck Accidents
November 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2017 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the overloading or improper loading of vehicles with passengers was the cause of 16 large truck accidents in 2017, and caused 12 accidents in 2016, and 15 accidents in 2015.
Continue Reading: Truck Loading: What Responsibility Does the Driver Have?
November 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Most commercial truck drivers are required to have commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), but there are occasions in which non-CDL drivers may operate certain commercial vehicles in more limited circumstances. Non-CDL drivers may be using vehicles for commercial purposes, and CDLs may not be required for the operation of certain trailers or other utility vehicles.
Continue Reading: Accidents Involving Non-CDL Drivers
November 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Flatbed trucks are commercial vehicles that have flat trailers with no sides or roofs, and they are commonly used because they are so easy to load and allow transport cargo of many different sizes.
Continue Reading: Flatbed Truck Accidents: What You Need to Know
September 11, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
“No-zones” are large blind spots around commercial vehicles, like semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and buses. Truck and bus drivers have no way of seeing vehicles that are in these no-zones. Drivers in passenger vehicles should be aware of these danger zones and attempt to stay out of them whenever possible. Truck drivers also should watch for vehicles that move out of their sight and should do everything they possibly can alert drivers who might be in their no-zones when they are about to perform any maneuver on the road.
Continue Reading: The Dangers of Driving in a No-Zone
September 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It is illegal in New York and throughout the United States for truck drivers – and all other motorists – to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, drunk driving among truck drivers happens often, costing innocent people their lives every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in 2017, nearly 30 people in the country died from drunk driving crashes. That breaks down to one person every 48 minutes.
Continue Reading: Truck Drivers and Drunk Driving
September 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Most commercial vehicles have steel-belted radial tires in which steel belts reinforce the shape and ensures that the tire remains flat while on the road. The tread is the external rubber on the tire that provides traction, and tread separation occurs when it detaches from the steel frame.
Continue Reading: Tread Separation and Truck Accidents
July 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Defining careless driving can be very difficult. Ultimately, it is up to the officer writing the ticket to determine whether or not a driver was careless, and rarely will it be based on the little things that can cause accidents like failing to keep two hands on the wheel or remaining attentive to the road. Careless driving usually requires some observable sign that the driver is not paying proper attention.
Continue Reading: Truck Drivers Must Refrain From Careless Driving
June 26, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Perhaps the death of seven motorcyclists will finally draw national and state attention to an ongoing problem that puts the lives of thousands at risk every day. The incident occurred on June 21st, 2019, in New Hampshire, when a semi piloted by a 23 year old driver veered off course and struck the group of bikers.
Continue Reading: Major Case Draws Attention to Common Problem
May 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Stopping at a gas station is not like it used to be. Twenty or thirty years ago, truck stops offered snacks, drinks, and gas, with perhaps a restaurant and a place to shower. Reasonably nice bathrooms were almost a luxury, and places to buy music tapes or other comforts of the road were worth going a few miles out of the way for.
Continue Reading: Trucker Gas Stations Overflowing With Gadgets
April 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The opiate epidemic continues to make news all over the country, as more and more people are waking up the realization that the drug companies likely put profits ahead of safety by pushing drugs known to be highly addicting. The fallout of the epidemic is stressing local and national healthcare, as more and more people seek treatment for their dependency and for the emergent effects of their addictions.
Continue Reading: Opiate Epidemic Bleeds Over Into Long-Haul Trucking
April 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Seeking to address environmental concerns of their constituents, the New York State Legislature passed a budget including a provision requiring congestion pricing in New York City, where any vehicles entering Lower Manhattan must pay an additional fee. Lower Manhattan is among the heaviest trafficked neighborhoods in the world. The new fee would go into effect in 2020.
Continue Reading: Environmental Move To Limit Congestion May Also Lessen Accident Risk
March 07, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Careless driving is always dangerous, but is even more so when done by a truck driver, as the weight of the larger vehicle means accidents involving semis and other large vehicles are more likely to result in significant injury or death. Operators of heavy equipment and vehicles should always pay careful attention to the road to minimize the risk of an accident occurring.
Continue Reading: Trucker Careless Driving a Major Safety Risk
February 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It is well established that certain drugs and supplements taken by truck drivers increase the risk of an accident occurring. Whether it be methamphetamine to stay awake or another illegal substance, the side effects (or main effects) or many drugs drastically increase the risk of an accident occurring by providing artificial by insufficient alertness.
Continue Reading: Truck Drivers Must Be Careful of Legal Drugs and Supplements
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.
Continue Reading: Drug Use Common Among Truck Drivers
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.
Continue Reading: Failure to Perform Maintenance a Factor in Truck Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: Drug Use Soars Among Professional Drivers
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.
Continue Reading: Lost Loads Problem For Trucks
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.
Continue Reading: Stay Clear of Trucks Travelling at High Speeds
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.
Continue Reading: Blind Spots on Large Trucks
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.
Continue Reading: Often Trucks Involved in Multi-Vehicle Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: Two Dangerous Truck Incidents with Two Drastically Different Outcomes
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.
Continue Reading: Lack of Rest Areas Are a Danger for Truck Drivers
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.
Continue Reading: Truck Accidents Cause Dreadful Conditions for Commuters
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.
Continue Reading: Trucks and Commercial Vehicles: Take Caution in the Ice and Snow
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.
Continue Reading: New Federal Rule Affects Commercial Drivers