The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy, employing over 3.5 million drivers to deliver goods and services across the country. Yet 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks can weigh over 100,000 pounds, making collisions with other motorists even more dangerous. As a result, truck accidents often result in serious injuries or death.
Our Long Island truck accident lawyers have a proven track record of success representing victims of these dangerous collisions. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and we are dedicated to fighting for you.
Common Causes of Truck and 18-Wheeler Accidents
Many factors contribute to accidents between commercial trucks and other motorists. Some of the most common causes on Long Island roadways include:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Weather or road conditions
We Hold Trucking Companies Responsible
Our law firm brings over 80 years of experience, success and tradition to Long Island. After a large truck accident, the dedicated legal team assigned to your case will work tirelessly to hold the trucking company responsible for their driver’s negligence, while you recover from your injuries.
Proving the Driver & Trucking Company Were at Fault
Accidents happen on Long Island roads every day but when commercial trucks are involved, the consequences can be devastating. When you work with Trantolo & Trantolo, we thoroughly investigate your case to determine who was at fault. The first step in this process is to collect evidence and interview witnesses at the accident scene. We’ll also review the truck’s black box data and other available data to get a clear picture of what happened.
Once we have all the facts, we’ll negotiate a fair settlement with the trucking company’s insurance carrier. If they are unwilling to offer a reasonable amount, we are prepared to take your case to trial. We have a strong history of success in the courtroom and will fight for the maximum compensation.
Truck Drivers and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
Commercial truck drivers are required to follow regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations are designed to improve safety on our nation’s highways by setting minimum standards for the trucking industry.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations cover different aspects of trucking, including hours of service, vehicle maintenance and driver qualifications. Truckers can only drive a certain number of hours a day and must have breaks between shifts. The hours of service regulations are designed to prevent driver fatigue, which can lead to accidents.
Contact our Long Island Truck Accident Attorneys
After a serious crash with an 18-wheeler, you need an experienced legal team on your side. At Trantolo & Trantolo, we fight for clients like members of our own family. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a large truck accident, Let Our Family, Help Your Family™.