Free consultation


Free consultation

PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety and in response to the recent COVID-19 safety measures, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us via phone and video conferencing. We urge you to email or call our office to speak with us on how we can help you. We want you to know that we are here for you, and we will continue to meet our client’s needs, both new and existing, in the upcoming weeks.
Please reference the link below for a one-page factsheet from the CDC, which we find informative on the virus.
motor vehicle

Statistical analysis shows rise in truck accidents in 2019

New Yorkers sharing the road with large trucks will likely be concerned about the possibility of a collision. Since these vehicles are so massive, travel long distances, move at significant speeds and drivers are on the road for long stretches, there are myriad factors that can spark a crash. An important part of preventing these motor vehicle accidents is statistical research and understanding the cause.

Initial projections for 2019 indicate there was a 1% increase in truck-related fatalities in an accident from 2018. This coincided with a reduction in overall traffic deaths. The research was conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is extrapolating based on currently available data. It uses the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

FARS provides information to lawmakers about fatal accidents. If a truck weighs more than 10,000 pounds, it is categorized as a large truck. There is no separation between commercial vehicles and vehicles that are privately owned. Representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) emphasize the importance of road safety and plans to use research and development to find ways to reduce crashes. These initiatives include technological advances, hours-of-service rules and testing for intoxicating substances.

The decline in overall fatalities is a positive step that had been ongoing from 2017 and 2018. There were approximately 36,120 deaths in auto accidents in 2019. That was a reduction of 1.2% from 2018. The total number of fatalities remains higher than it was 10 years ago and the fatal truck accident increase is worrisome. Road safety specialists suggest that truckers who are driving while impaired, are distracted and able to drive faster with higher speed limits are potential causes.

Carriers and law enforcement are encouraged to focus on safety procedures such as drug recognition training, breath-testing machines inside the vehicle and restriction of cellphone use through technology. Truck accidents tend to be worse than passenger vehicle accidents. A smaller vehicle being hit by a speeding truck can cause severe injuries that require surgery, lost time on the job and long-term damage. It can impact people physically and emotionally. Fatalities are also troublingly common. The investigation into the accidents can be a fundamental part of a successful legal filing. Discussing the case with a law firm experienced with motor vehicle accidents may help with a claim.

FindLaw Network
Elderly woman dead after crash in Sodus

An 80-year-old Sodus woman is deceased after a crash involving two cars in Wayne County.  The definite cause of the crash is still unknown and under investigation.  Authorities claim that she was traveling west on Middle Road at approximately 1:30 p.m.  She failed to...

4 Tips to avoid distracted driving

After years or even decades on the road, driving a car often feels like second nature to commuters. However, even the most seasoned drivers tend to forget that operating a vehicle requires an extremely high level of focus and brainpower each time they get behind the...

Traffic deaths and miles dropped in early 2020

The nation’s shutdown in the spring lowered vehicle miles traveled on the nation’s roads and reduced, but did not eliminate, traffic deaths. According to early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 7,780 fatalities from motor...

Evaluate My Case

Speak With One Of Our Attorneys Today About
Your Unique Situation.

Bradley Kammholz, Esq.

Meet Brad


Meet Joe