Truck accidents can cause some of the most devastating injuries on the road. While these vehicles are dangerous, they are essential to our communities and cities. However, despite their utility, they often cause spinal cord injuries, broken bones, brain injuries, back injuries, amputations, paralysis, and even death. These vehicles weigh considerably more than a standard vehicle, and when they are loaded with cargo, semi-trucks can reach 80,000 pounds. Even unloaded, empty semi-trailers average 30,000 pounds. This extreme weight is a key factor in many catastrophic truck accidents.
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. So contact us today to see how we can make our experience work for you. You only pay if there’s a financial recovery.
Staten Island Roads
Richmond County which is made up of Staten Island is the southernmost point of New York City as well as the southernmost part of the city. To connect State Island with the rest of New York City there are numerous highways including:
- New York State Route 440
- New York State Route 439
- Korean War Veterans Parkway
- Interstate 278
- Staten island Expressway
In addition to these major roads, there are numerous public transportation systems that run through Staten Island and Richmond County including over thirty MTA regional bus lines.
Different Types of Trucks on Staten Island Roads
Commercial vehicles play a pivotal role in our economy. However, there is sometimes a misconception that a truck accident only involves the large semi-trucks. There are many types of commercial trucks, each designed to perform a specific task. The most common are:
Garbage Trunks – Garbage trucks are important to local communities to carry away trash and other discarded items. In addition, some garbage trucks and companies service hospitals and other industrial facilities that carry industrial and hazardous waste. These vehicles are unfortunately involved in a large amount of accidents due to their frequent stops, poor visibility, and hazardous cargo. These vehicles are a fixture in our neighborhoods and pose a threat to cars and pedestrians alike.
Dump Trucks – Dump trucks are another common commercial vehicle that drivers will share the road with. These vehicles are often loaded with heavy gravel, sand, dirt, rocks, or other materials. In addition to making frequent stops, the cargo in the back of a dump truck can fall out and cause an accident and injury. In addition, dump trucks often have exceedingly large blind spots, which can make it difficult for a driver to see other drivers on the road.
Tanker Trucks – Tanker trucks are different from other cargo hauling vehicles in that they are designed to transport various liquids and gasses. They are often distinguishable because their containers are long and shaped like a cylinder. Tanker trucks are particularly dangerous because their cargo is often highly flammable and toxic. In addition, these vehicles are prone to rollovers because of their contents and elongated shape.
Flatbed Trucks – Flatbed trucks are distinguished by their long open trailer that is behind their vehicle. These trucks are often used to transport wood and metal beams as well as large construction equipment. Because their cargo is often exposed to the air and is only secured by straps, cargo can often become dislodged from the vehicle and cause accidents.
Tow Trucks – Tow trucks are another type of commercial vehicle that is not only common on the highways, but is also a fixture in residential areas. These vehicles are often tasked with pulling another vehicle to a service station. These vehicles have large blind spots and can be unsteady because of their cargo.
Tractor-Trailers- these are the most well-known commercial vehicle, and are often the type of vehicle that is involved in serious accidents. These vehicles go by various names including 18-wheelers, semi’s, and big rigs. These large vehicles are often loaded with heavy cargo on their way to a delivery site These vehicles can be found on every major road and freeway in Richmond County, and in addition, they are common on many local roads as well.
Each of these vehicles typically outweighs a passenger vehicle by thousands of pounds. This means that even an accident at a low rate of speed can result in serious injuries.
Contact Our New York Truck Accident Lawyers
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.