It is the driver's responsibility to inspect the truck for safety.
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 04, 2013
Three adults and four children were killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a mini-van. According to USA Today (5.31.13), a trailer carrying crushed cars disconnected from the tractor-trailer rig and hit the mini-van. In a car vs. semi accident, the semi will win, said New York auto accident lawyer David Perecman.
“Driving a truck is a huge responsibility,” added Perecman.
Big trucks, including tractor-trailers, killed 3,757 people and injured 88,000 in 2011 crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The high number of fatalities in tractor-trailer accidents can be linked to the enormous weight of the rigs. An average car weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, but tractor-trailers with cargo can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
Before hitting the minivan, the trailer cut across a rural, two-lane road. The mini-van driver tried to avoid the accident but was unable to, reported USA Today. There were eight passengers in the minivan and seven died. The eighth passenger was an adult who was hospitalized in good condition. The children killed in the vehicular accident ranged in age from 4 to 7. The two people in the tractor-trailer were not injured in the crash.
The crash occurred on Route 13 near Truxton, New York. Authorities investigating the crash considered all issues from mechanical failure to driver actions, reported USA Today.
In New York, trucks must be inspected at least once a year. Drivers are also required to do a "walk-around" inspection of their trucks before every trip, checking tire pressure and condition, brakes, the coupling between truck and trailer, and other items.
“It is the driver's responsibility to inspect the truck for safety,” said Perecman.
Tractor-trailers are large trucks with eighteen wheels, a tractor, and a trailer. The tractor is the engine that pulls the trailer. The trailer holds the cargo. A trailer can disconnect from the tractor for a number of reasons. For example, a driver may fail to connect the rigs together properly, road or weather conditions may cause the trailer to come loose, the rig may be improperly maintained, or mechanical failure may occur.
If you or a loved one are injured or killed as a result of a car or truck accident, it is important to contact an experienced auto accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible. The truck and auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve following auto and truck accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases of vehicular accidents in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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