For many, having a cell phone in their hands is almost second-nature. In fact, some may pride themselves on being able to multitask, handling important responsibilities while tending to matters on their mobile devices. Unfortunately, if one of those important tasks is operating a motor vehicle, the chances of car and truck accidents increase. One New York truck driver is facing serious changes after police say he was driving while distracted.
Truckers, with the enormous size and weight of their rigs, have a grave responsibility to use every safety precaution necessary. Even in ideal conditions, sharing the road with a tractor-trailer can be hazardous. Truck accidents often result in devastating losses and lives changed forever. A recent accident in New York took the lives of four people who likely never saw it coming.
Accidents in New York involving tractor-trailers, garbage trucks or other heavy vehicles can have disastrous consequences. Due to the significant weight and size of these vehicles, drivers and pedestrians involved in a collision are likely to get debilitating injuries or even die. When an operator of one of these trucks drives distracted, it increases the risk of an accident.
You probably see garbage trucks several days a week. For many people, they are a necessary part of life, collecting waste and keeping the New York City area clean.
Motor vehicle operators understand the fear and danger that tractor-trailer trucks can pose to smaller vehicles traveling the same roadways. The significantly larger size of a tractor-trailer can cause serious harm to anyone in its path. Truck accidents can result in property damage, serious injury and/or death. Recently, a New York man died after being struck by a tractor-trailer late one night on the New England Thruway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.