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Truck Accidents Archives

Tips to avoid truck accidents

It is safe to say that many highway drivers have experienced the panic of a big rig operator crossing into their path without seeming to realize there was a car in the lane. Because of their size and shape, tractor-trailers have many blind spots, and truck accidents occur when smaller vehicles travel in those areas where they can't be seen by the truck driver. New York motorists may be able to avoid such collisions if they know the danger zones around a truck.

Man dies at intersection known for devastating truck accidents

Even on a beautiful afternoon, sometimes a perfect storm brews. For example, combining high speeds, heavy trucks and hazardous intersections can lead to fatal mistakes. The resulting accident may leave devastation and suffering. People at a particular intersection in New York are no strangers to such truck accidents.

Limited visibility may cause truck accidents

Tractor-trailers are enormous vehicles, which makes it difficult for the drivers to see everything that is around them. They are also loud because of the engine size required to haul their heavy loads. Since the vehicle may impair both the vision and hearing of a driver, tractor-trailer operators must be especially cautious to avoid truck accidents. Investigators in New York are working to determine if something more than the normal noise and height of a truck prevented the driver from realizing he had struck a pedestrian.

New York truck accidents may decrease with speed limiters

Numerous government agencies are waiting to see how the new president will handle the safety regulation they have been trying to impose since 2006. While the goal of the new rule is to reduce truck accidents and their devastating consequences, some fear it will also slow economic growth, which President-elect Trump vows to protect. Drivers in New York and across the country recently made their opinions known by submitting comments to the agencies involved.

Older drivers may contribute to rise in truck accidents

Men and women past the normal age of retirement can still be found working in at least one industry: trucking. Two factors that seem to contribute to this trend are the slow economy and the shortage of truck drivers. Drivers who cannot afford to retire at 65 remain behind the wheel, and others looking for work are welcomed at driving schools. However, some worry that the number of seniors driving trucks may be contributing to the rising number of truck accidents in New York and across the country.

Chain reaction truck accidents may cause fatalities

When a person in New York is involved in a chain reaction accident, it may be a helpless feeling. A driver may see in the rear-view mirror that another vehicle is approaching from behind and will not be able to stop in time. If one is sitting in heavy traffic with no place to escape the collision, the driver may feel especially desperate. That feeling may be compounded if the vehicle approaching is a tractor trailer. Chain reaction truck accidents have the potential for disaster.

Truck accidents caused by impaired drivers create chaos

Driving a tractor trailer requires focus and concentration. The size and weight of the vehicles can make them dangerous weapons if mishandled. Truck accidents can cause tremendous damage, injury and often loss of life. It is easy for any New York driver to become distracted while driving, but operating a tractor trailer while impaired may be a disaster waiting to happen.

Fatigued driving: a hidden cause of many truck accidents

Trucks are large and heavy, capable of inflicting serious damage when involved in collisions with other vehicles. Due to the risk of serious injuries and major damage from truck accidents, it is critical for truck drivers to be well-rested and well-trained in safe driving practices. One of the most common reasons why trucks are involved in accidents is fatigued truckers.