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Monday, January 16, 2017

Fatal New York City Trucking Accident Pile-up

Q: Are commercial trucks and their drivers subject to additional rules and regulations that don’t apply to cars and ordinary drivers?

If you’ve travelled through the Bronx, New York, you know that nothing is worse than the usual traffic on the George Washington Bridge--unless of course the bridge is closed as a result of a multiple-fatality trucking accident.

Such was the case two days after Christmas when a car, two big rigs, and a pick-up truck were involved in a chain reaction pile up that took three lives and injured five others at the George Washington Bridge.

In an accident too horrific to imagine, the pick-up truck was reportedly idling behind a stopped 18 wheel tractor trailer and was crushed when a second big rig barreled into its rear. The impact wedged the pick-up underneath the other tractor trailer and sent a nearby Toyota up onto the top the highway’s cement center divider.

Car accidents in the Bronx are an everyday occurrence, but fortunately four-vehicle fatal accidents involving multiple big rigs and cars are not as common.

An accident victim can pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensatory damages for the serious injuries they suffered due to someone else’s actions. Such damages can include medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and/or pain and suffering, depending on the circumstances of each case. In order to recover the damages, it's necessary to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of someone else.

In addition, there are special regulations regarding trucking accidents in New York. Because of their excessive size and weight, commercial trucks often cause devastating injuries when they collide with automobiles. To minimize accidents, trucks are subject to special laws and regulations which include routine inspections, proper maintenance, and size and weight limitations on the loads they haul. Further, there are restrictions on the drivers of the trucks, which may include special driver’s licenses and limitations on the number of hours they can continuously drive in a given time period.

In a fatal accident such as the one described on the GWB, an investigation would include examining whether all of these special rules and regulations were complied with. Even if there were no violations, a personal injury action could be brought if the truck driver was found to be driving in a reckless or negligent manner.

If you have been injured in a trucking accident or automobile accident or if a loved one has been killed as a result of an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to damages.

The Goldstein Law Firm in the Bronx, New York will evaluate your claim for free in order to maximize your recovery so you can focus on healing. Call for a free consultation at 718-239-0239. We represent clients throughout New York as well as those injured while visiting New York.

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