Things can go wrong when a truck driver applies the brakes

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2020 | Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are complex events that often result in trauma, injury and property damage. Even when a commercial truck is moving at a slow rate of speed, a collision can result in damage that may leave innocent people dealing with significant injuries. Because these vehicles are so much heavier and bigger than other vehicles on the road, it is easy to see how these types of accidents are so serious and why victims often need continued care and support.

Many of these types of accidents are the result of the negligent or reckless operation of the truck. Truck drivers have the responsibility of making sure they are safe and attentive at all times, and New York trucking companies are responsible for making sure their vehicles are safe to have on the road. Frequently, truck accidents happen because of improper or delayed braking.

Bad braking equals accidents

One of the most common types of truck accidents is rear-end collisions. These accidents often happen because a truck is following too closely to the vehicle in front and does not have enough time to come to a complete stop. Following too closely can be a type of aggressive driving, but it can also be the result of distraction, speeding and even extreme fatigue. Large trucks require more braking distance than other types of vehicles.

Unsafe following distance is only one way that truck accidents can negatively impact other drivers. Improper lane changes, driving at excessive rates of speed, getting behind the wheel while tired and distracted can all lead to situations where a trucker may need to apply the brakes quickly. Unfortunately, this does not always happen in enough time. One solution may be the implementation of automatic braking systems in trucks.

Are automatic braking systems the key? 

There is reason to believe that automatic emergency braking can help prevent accidents and even save lives. However, these systems are not in every truck on the road, especially older ones. Trucking companies should consider how they can make the roads safer and help their drivers by implementing important safety features. Braking systems can help prevent accidents caused by delayed reactions and other mistakes made by truckers.

Victims of truck accidents

Truck accidents can leave people with severe and expensive injuries. If you suffered because of an accident with a large truck or semitrailer, you will find it beneficial to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your legal options. It is possible you have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim filed against the liable parties.