Driver Dies in Ramapo Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accident
Our New York truck accident lawyers represent both truck drivers and motorists who are injured or suffer a wrongful death in truck accidents. Truck driving is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck driver deaths represent 2.4% of all traffic fatalities. Truck drivers are 233% more likely to experience non-fatal injuries than other professions, and in 2018 alone 840 truckers died in the United States. Our New York truck accident lawyers know that one of the main reasons for this staggering statistic is that truck drivers spend statistically more time on the road than the average driver.
On March 12, 2021, a driver was killed early morning during an accident involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle on I-87 in the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County. The New York State police investigators say that a truck collided with a car around 5 a.m. on the northbound side of the New York State Thruway near Exit 14B, in the area of mile marker 26.9. However, they did not say which driver died. The truck went off the highway and rolled over. Police say crews flipped the truck back onto its wheels and cleared the debris from the roadway. Traffic was backed up for miles into the late afternoon as state police reconstructed the fatal accident. Most often where a truck flips over, driver error or negligent loading of the tractor trailer is the primary cause. While details have not yet been released, whenever there is a truck accident involving a fatality, Federal Motor Carrier laws require that the truck driver undergo a blood test to screen for alcohol or narcotics. If drugs or alcohol played a role in this accident, the police will know, as soon as the chemical test results come back. Another common cause of driver error is truck driver fatigue. The Federal Motor carrier statute requires that drivers keep logs of their hours on the road and that take regulated brakes and there are limits of the number of hours they can drive at a single stretch as well as a cumulative number of hours they can spend driving in a week.
The damages caused by truck accidents are often significant, therefore it is crucial that victims of truck accidents be adequately represented in order to be fully compensated. Our New York truck accident lawyers have an in-depth understanding of all relevant regulations and laws, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations, New York Vehicle & Traffic Law and the New York State Department of Transportation Regulations. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is part of The United States Department of Transportation, has the authority to promulgate safety regulations which govern Commercial Truckers and Companies. There are numerous safety regulations which apply depending on the classification of the truck involved. Further, there are many regulations governing drivers, including mandatory medical examinations, limits on hours per shift, drug testing and many more. If you or a loved one were injured or even killed in a truck accident, you need hire the best New York truck accident attorney near you with experience in dealing with all relevant regulations and laws.
Our New York truck accident lawyers have handled wrongful death and personal injury cases arising out of truck accidents, all over New York State, including New York City, (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan) as well as Westchester, Rockland and even Long Island.