There are a combined 1,674 miles (2,694 km) of Interstate Highways within New York, which handles about 19 percent of vehicle travel in New York. Interstate 78 is part of the Interstate highway system and runs from Union Township in Lebanon County Pennsylvania to New York City. Interstate 78 holds the distinction of being the shortest main Interstate Highway in New York, as this road crosses the Hudson River and ends at the exit rotary in Lower Manhattan.
However, even though this is one of the shortest interstate highways in the State it does not mean that there aren’t accidents and serious injuries on this road. Because this road is located in New York City it means that thousands of people are on the road every day including truck drivers.
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.
Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents: Who is at Fault?
Truck accidents are not only some of the most devastating accidents on the road, but they are often some of the most complex factually. Driving a car of any size takes an incredible amount of concentration, and it can only be said that driving a large truck requires not only a large amount of concentration but a degree of professional skill. Therefore, even the smallest accidents can be based on a
Accidents involving commercial vehicles can result from a number of factors, including reckless and careless driving. An experienced personal injury attorney will evaluate liability issues, as distributors, retailers, vehicle manufacturers, drivers, and even government entities are all parties that could be held liable after a commercial vehicle accident. Some common causes of these accidents include:
Driving errors – Truck drivers are professional drivers who are expected to perform to professional expectations when they are on the road. However, truck drivers are often under an immense amount of pressure to meet deadlines, which in turn can cause truck drivers to engage in risky driving behaviors such as speeding, following other vehicles too closely, ignoring traffic patterns, and making sudden lane changes.
Human errors – Drivers who are overly fatigued, inadequately trained, and drive under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating substance are all examples of human errors that can lead to accidents on the road. As professional drivers, society and the law imposes an obligation on these drivers to avoid as many errors as possible, such as ensuring that they are adequately rested before driving. However, all too often an accident with a truck or other large commercial vehicle can be attributed to a driver committing an avoidable human error.
Environmental issues – You know as a driver that there are certain times and certain conditions that are less than ideal. While you may be able to avoid driving when the road conditions are less than perfect, oftentimes commercial drivers are not as fortunate and are still under pressure to meet deadlines. Environmental factors such as rain, snow, ice, high winds, fog, and even light can all lead to accidents on the road.
Mechanical defects – Trucks and commercial vehicles are complex pieces of machinery that not only require regular inspection, but they also require regular repair. When you consider that the average truck driver will drive further in a single day than the average commuter will drive in a month, it is easy to see why trucks can have problems with their braking systems, electrical systems, and even their tires. However, when a trucking company or truck driver has wholly failed to inspect and repair their vehicle, this may serve as the basis for liability.
Who is to Blame for a Truck Accident on Interstate 78?
On the side of the road following an accident it is easy to point a finger at the other driver and hold them liable for the accident. However, when there is a commercial vehicle involved it is not always as easy nor prudent for a person to assume that the driver is the only one to blame for the accident. At the Reiff Law Firm, we will fight to hold transportation companies, corporate fleet owners, local businesses, utility companies, and municipalities accountable for their negligence and for accidents caused by commercial vehicles. Truck drivers are professional drivers who are often employed by companies who may also be held liable for an accident. In addition, there may be other parties to blame including:
The commercial vehicle owner – The owner of the vehicle is often the first party to look to when trying to determine who is liable for an accident. When the truck is owned by an owner operator who is the sole owner of the vehicle, they may be the only party liable for an accident.
The freight owner – Truck accidents can be caused by many factors that can be attributed to the driver, however, in some instances the person or company who loaded the vehicle or who owns the freight may be held responsible for the accident. Freight owners and those who load cargo into trucks are required to ensure that they follow strict protocol for loading and securing cargo. However, all too often it appears that companies do not properly load cargo which can shift in the back of a vehicle and cause the driver to lose control. In these instances, the freight owner may be held liable.
The employer – Trucking companies can be held liable for the accidents of their drivers during the course of their employment. Additionally, there may be another basis for imposing liability on the trucking company including when they fail to inspect their vehicles or load cargo improperly.
Our attorneys have been dedicated to helping accident victims recover from their injuries. We know that the best way to ensure that all parties who are involved in an accident are held accountable is to engage in a rigorous review of the case and the facts.
Injured in a Truck Accident on Interstate 78? Let Our Truck Accident Lawyers Fight for You
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of legal opportunity will close and you won’t be able to pursue a claim.