Sometimes, trucking accidents in New York, and elsewhere, may seem minor when they occur. However, some serious injuries which are not immediately visible may prove fatal. Since people in these cases may say they are okay and not seek emergency treatment, those responsible for causing such accidents may attempt to dodge their liability. This may leave families devastated and struggling to deal with their losses.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were more than 11,000 collisions involving large trucks in 2014. In some cases, trucking accidents are the result of trucker fatigue. This is the case despite regulations, which are aimed at limiting the amount of time that truckers spend on the road.
Emergency medical situations can, and do, occur at any time and in any place. As such, truckers and other motorists in New York, and other localities, may experience debilitating medical emergencies while they are behind the wheel. This type of situation could easily result in truck accidents, which may have devastating consequences for the truckers themselves, as well as those with whom they are sharing the road.
As people in New York, and elsewhere, are likely aware, sharing the road with large commercial trucks can be dangerous. The risk of being involved in a trucking accident may be increased when truckers are using their cellphones, or are otherwise distracted. Often times, it is the drivers and passengers of other vehicles who are seriously injured or killed in such collisions. In an effort to reduce distraction-related truck crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published rules, which prohibit truck drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving.
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.
Truck driver fatigue is a topic of continuing concern in New York, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has attempted to address the issue by regulating the number of hours that truck drivers are allowed to work per day. Although the agency can mandate rest times, there is no guarantee that the operators are getting adequate sleep to prevent them from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research co-sponsored a study on the effects of driver fatigue and motor vehicle accidents, and the results indicate the mandated schedules do not prevent impaired driving.
At some point, most New York drivers have likely been guilty of speeding. While a widely accepted practice, speeding is an incredibly dangerous driving behavior and, according to the American Trucking Association, is a "factor in nearly 30 percent of all fatal crashes," in the U.S.
It's hardly surprising that the commercial trucking industry is a constant focus of scrutiny for state and federal regulators fixated on the public's safety.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a system for evaluating the safety of truck carrier groups and operators, and it has garnered less than ringing endorsements from voices within the industry.
If you’re a commercial trucker operating a big rig that is hauling a load across the country, it is not inconceivable that you could be stopped for a random safety inspection in more than one state.