New York Improper Braking Technique

The proper application of brakes is critical in preventing a car accident or any type of auto accident. When a large truck such as an 18-wheeler, semi, or tractor trailer is involved, failure to use proper technique when braking could have catastrophic results. According to statistics reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 29% of all truck accidents each year in the United States involved a problem with the brakes. Tractor trailers typically weigh up to 80,000 pounds and on highways drive at speeds well over 55 miles per hour. If large truck that is traveling at a high speed needs to stop, it is critical that the driver understand how to brake effectively and safely. If the truck driver is not able to stop in time to avoid a collision, there is a high probability that the victims of the accident will suffer serious injuries. Victims of truck accidents often suffer serious injuries such as a brain injury, contusions, broken bones, internal injuries, amputations, paralysis, or spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, in many accidents involving a large truck that was unable to stop, there are victims that are injured so severely that they do not survive. If you were injured in a truck accident caused by a braking failure, it is important that you immediately contact a New York Improper Braking Technique Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury claim. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor, nurse, or other medical professional is negligence and commits medical malpractice, the truck driver or trucking company may be required to compensate you for that as well.

Proper Braking Technique

When a driver receives training on how to operate a large commercial truck, that training includes proper braking technique. Thus, a competent truck driver should understand the following guidelines:

  • The driver should press down on the brakes of 2 minutes to measure the air pressure in the system.
  • Focus on the gauge that will show whether or not the air system is functioning properly.
  • The truck’s transmission must be in neutral when the parking brake is engaged.
  • Steady brake pressure must be applied when the anti-lock braking system is engaged.
  • Use traction control when driving in ice, snow or mud.

Failure to follow proper braking technique would be negligent and would compromise the safety of other drivers on the road. For example, in some cases braking too hard will result in the load shifting. This could cause the load to spill or the truck to jackknife.

Pursuing a Claim

Truck accidents can lead to devastating injuries, and all too often, death. Through a personal injury lawsuit, New York law allows you to hold the negligent party responsible for the losses you suffered. Victims who suffer serious injuries in truck accidents have significant medical bills. In addition, because victims of serious injuries often have to miss a great deal of work or are unable to return to work at all, victims have the right to sue for lost wages and loss of earning capacity. In addition, if the accident resulted in the death of a member of your family, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.

If your injury was the result of a work-related accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. New York's workers' compensation laws state that injured parties are entitled to compensation if they sustain a work-related injury. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to know that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit.

New York Improper Braking Technique Lawyer

If you were involved in a truck accident that was caused by a braking problem, it is important to immediately contact an experienced truck accident attorney since the rules that apply to a truck accident and in many ways different from those that apply to a car accident. Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims resulting from truck accidents, as well as SUV accidents, car accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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