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While less common than semi-trucks hauling a single trailer, double-trailer trucks are not an unusual sight on New York highways. Also known as double-bottom operations or longer combination vehicles (LCVs), double-trailer trucks can reach 60 feet in length (the equivalent of a five-story building) and can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. These massive vehicles require even more time to bring to a stop than other large trucks, and can do a tremendous amount of damage when involved in a crash.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident with a double-trailer truck, you may be experiencing overwhelming medical costs, a loss of wages, and extreme pain and suffering. You deserve to be compensated for injuries caused by a truck driver’s negligent acts. Get help seeking the compensation you or your family member deserves for these injuries by contacting the experienced and effective New York personal injury lawyer Leandros A. Vrionedes for a no-cost consultation on your truck accident claims.
Under the regulations on long-haul trucking imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are permitted to be on the road for 11 hours each day. However, studies have shown that the risk of accident increases with each additional hour over six hours that drivers of double-trailer trucks are behind the wheel. These massive vehicles simply require greater energy and attention to drive, demanding more from the driver behind the wheel and resulting in greater fatigue. Not only are drivers more susceptible to being involved in an accident due to the demands of driving these trucks, but accidents involving double-bottom trucks tend to do more harm than those involving single-trailer trucks. In fact, studies comparing accidents involving double-trailer trucks to regular semi-trucks have found that accidents involving trucks pulling two trailers are 11% more likely to result in a fatality.
One of the main reasons that double-trailer trucks are so difficult to drive is that they lack stability. Even something as simple as switching lanes can result in one of the trailers wobbling slightly, an effect which is mirrored and magnified by the second trailer. It takes relatively little initial wobble to result in the “crack the whip” effect, causing the truck’s second trailer to curve around and force the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident in New York involving a double-trailer truck or other large truck or 18-wheeler, get help seeking the damages you’re owed for your injuries and contact the determined and aggressive New York City personal injury lawyer Leandros A. Vrionedes for a consultation on your case, at 212-889-9362, with additional offices in Queens at 718-777-5895.