All too often, motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial vehicles and smaller passenger vehicles occur in New York, and elsewhere. Due to the size differences between these large trucks and other automobiles, among other factors, such collisions often result in serious injuries, or death, for those involved. In fact, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles reports that 105 people were killed, and more than 5,000 were injured, in truck accidents in 2013 alone. While not all semitrailer crashes can be prevented, there are some steps you can take to help share the roads safely with commercial trucks.
If you have never operated a tractor trailer, you may not be aware that these vehicles handle differently than other automobiles. In general, however, large trucks are more difficult to steer and maneuver. Truckers may have to initially move one way before they are able to turn and the back end of these vehicles may protrude across other lanes of traffic when they are making turns. As such, it is advisable that you allow them more space than you may other vehicles.