Riding alongside commercial truck drivers is an inevitable part of life for most New York motorists, but if sharing the road with these massive and heavy vehicles makes you uneasy, you are not alone. Additionally, the results of numerous studies indicate that you have good reason to fear sharing the road with commercial truckers, because an alarming percentage of them acknowledge using drugs and alcohol on the job.
Commercial trucking is one of the essential components involved in keeping the domestic market moving as it is responsible for the delivery of countless consumer goods to end users and to businesses. In New York, there is respect for this work but there is also a concern about the safety of large commercial trucks on the roads and highways. In 2017 alone, truck accident fatalities accounted for more than 12 percent of all vehicular fatalities statewide according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The pressure to perform well at work is very real. Yet while you might feel it in your job, you may not automatically assign it to other professions in New York. Yet practitioners in all fields (including jobs that impact you both directly and indirectly) often feel compelled to do all that they can to please their employers (even pushing themselves and their resources beyond reasonable safety limits).
There is often an added degree of courage and commitment assigned to those who are willing to come into work when they are sick. While their dedication to their jobs may be admirable, in many cases, the best course of action may just be for them to stay home in bed. That is not only for their own benefit, but also yours and the others in New York that they may come in contact with. Not only do you not want to contract whatever illness they may have, but you also do not want to be subjected to any potential risks that them doing their jobs while sick may pose.
Nearly any type of large truck accident you can imagine is terrifying to think about. From being t-boned or rear-ended by a commercial truck to getting hit head-on or involved in a chain reaction crash, you and other New Yorkers could face serious injuries or death when confronted by a semi on the road. Another frightening, potentially devastating and common type of truck accident is a rollover crash.
When New York drivers get into a two-car accident, determining who's at fault can already be a tricky task. Add more cars to the equation and you have an even more complicated problem. Just how is fault determined when it comes to a crash that involves multiple vehicles?
Most drivers in New York have at some point been next to, behind or directly in front of a semi truck or some other very large commercial vehicle on the road. This experience can often make a person in a regular passenger car feel dwarfed and have a new realization of and appreciation for the sheer size and weight of these big rigs. These factors most certainly can make an accident with one of these trucks very serious for people in cars, pickup trucks and SUVs.
New York city streets are busy places, and accidents are not uncommon. When a large truck is involved, it increases the chances for more extreme injuries and damages. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, we understand the risks of being involved in a truck accident. It can be a very difficult situation because of the complex insurance issues and the involvement of the trucking company. You can educate yourself about these accidents to learn more about the risks of getting into one and why they occur.
When people are involved in a large truck accident, the outcome can be especially perilous. Not only does it take large truck drivers longer to slow down, but the massive size of their trucks can make a collision even more devastating. In Manhattan, and on roads across New York, it is essential for those who drive a semi, delivery truck or other large truck to understand the importance of preventing these accidents.
If you don't believe that drowsiness, sleep deprivation and fatigue present any real danger, consider the fact that history blames sleep deprivation for disasters such as the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the nuclear explosion in Chernobyl. One drowsy driver isn't going to cause that kind of devastation, but it's not just one drowsy driver. Research indicates that approximately 168 million people drove without adequate sleep last year.