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New York Truck Accident Statistics

New York Truck Accident Statistics

We rely on trucks and truck drivers to transport good across the country, but truck accidents are responsible for many of the most damaging collisions on the road given the size of the vehicle or vehicles involved. Unfortunately, truck collisions are often caused by the negligence of the truck driver. According to a summary released by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV)[1], nearly 83 percent of all truck crashes in 2014 were caused, at least partially, by human error.

Of the 10,742 crashes, 5,003 injuries, and 79 deaths reported that year, 8,880 crashes, 2,913 injuries, and 65 deaths are listed under “Crashes With Human Factors.” According to the DMV’s summary, the top human factors that led to truck crashes were:

Driver Inattention or Distraction:

  • 1,978 reported crashes
  • 654 people injured
  • 7 people killed

Following Too Closely:

  • 1,616 reported crashes
  • 732 people injured
  • 2 people killed

Failure to Yield the Right of Way:

  • 1,176 reported crashes
  • 425 people injured
  • 12 people killed

Unsafe Lane Changing:

  • 1,130 reported crashes
  • 320 people injured
  • 5 people killed

Improper Passing or Use of Lane:

  • 1,094 reported crashes
  • 260 people injured
  • 8 people killed

Fully loaded trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while the average car only weighs between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds. With such a drastic difference in size, truck drivers have a responsibility to ensure that their fellow drivers are safe. Not only does the larger vehicle increase the risk of a catastrophic injury, it provides a greater level of protection for the driver; according to the NYSDMV summary, 740 people out of the 5,003 injured were truck drivers, leaving another 4,263 people injured.

The Department of Transportation established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2000 with the intention of mitigating and preventing more injuries and fatalities resulting from truck crashes. In order to do so, the FMCSA works with local, State, and Federal enforcement agencies, as well as labor safety groups and the trucking industry.

Unfortunately, these regulations have not been able to completely eliminate trucking accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a truck, you may be eligible to file a claim in order to receive the financial support necessary to pay for medical treatment, as well as any other damages you may incur. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our New York truck accident attorneys are ready to help you pursue your claim for compensation against the party responsible. Contact us today through our website to set up a free case evaluation, or call us at (212) 577-9325 to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys.

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