In New York City, tractor trailers are being used more extensively on all major highways and even on smaller streets and roadways.
Tractor Trailers are transporting various goods throughout the New York metropolitan area including food, beverages, and other items sold at the retailer. Tractor Trailer or trucking accidents often occur on highways at high speeds but can also cause serious injuries at low speeds when the tractor trailer is turning or when the operator fails to be aware of his surroundings. One example is when a tractor trailer fails to see a pedestrian, bicyclist, another vehicle, or motorcyclist.
Manhattan, NY 18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys – F&A helps accident victims in all types of tractor trailer accidents including: jack knife tractor trailers, semi tractor trailer collisions, tractor trailer rollovers, 18 wheeler accidents, and other truck accident matters. One of the main reasons tractor trailer accidents can be catastrophic is the weight of the trailer when fully loaded. A loaded trailer may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Even a tractor carrying an empty trailer weighs about 30,000 pounds. This is an extremely dangerous weight which exerts enormous force when the tractor trailer comes into contact with a standard vehicle which only weighs 4,000 pounds.
Even the largest SUV usually weighs no more than 5,000 pounds. Some of the highways were tractor trailers are being driven include the Cross Bronx Expressway or New England Thruway (I-95), New York State Thruway (I-87), Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE, I-278), Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495), Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) and the Staten Island Expressway (I-278). Common types of truck accidents include:
JJack Knife Tractor Trailer: when the trailer folds up or swings to the left or right side of the tractor which resembles a folded up pocket knife. If a tractor towing the trailer skids, the trailer’s weight can cause the tractor to face sideways or backwards on the roadway. Causes of jackknifing include poor weather conditions such as snow or ice on the roadway, inattentive driving, equipment problems, or improper braking.
Trailer Swing: occurs when the trailer swings to the left or right but does not permanently fold up or jack knife. As the trailer swings, it can crash into other vehicles on the roadway.
Improper Loading of Trucks
Failure to maintain the tractor-trailer
If you or a loved one was injured due to a tractor-trailer, contact the attorneys at F&A for a free consultation. (866) ATTY LAW. With offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens, F&A specializes in all types of truck accidents in New York.