Safety Rails Could Prevent New York Truck Accident Injuries

by | January 2nd, 2015

Commercial trucks are some of the largest and heaviest vehicles on the road. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles, they can require wide spaces to operate, which aren’t always available in large cities.

Metropolitan streets can be narrow and full of sharp turns. This design isn’t conducive to operating large commercial trucks and often results in serious accidents.

Experts say some of the worst New York truck accident injuries occur when trucks making turns strike cyclists, pedestrians, or vehicles beside them and run over victims with the their back tires. One way this type of injury can be prevented is by requiring all commercial trucks to be equipped with side guardrails.

Guardrails can prevent a victim from falling beneath a truck in the event of an accident, and studies have shown them to be effective. Streetsblog reports that researchers have found the use of side guardrails on large trucks can decrease cyclist and pedestrian fatalities by as much as 61 and 20 percent, respectively.

Despite data showing the effectiveness of safety rails, both the federal and state governments have been slow to take action in requiring trucks to be outfitted with the devices.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we’ve seen the results a truck accident injury can have on an individual’s life. That’s why our Buffalo truck accident lawyers are hopeful legislators will soon move to require trucking companies to use more advanced safety technology in the future.

If you were injured in an accident involving a truck, you may need legal assistance to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our team of attorneys is here to assist you. Call us 24/7 at (844) 444-4444 for a free consultation of your case.