Statistics from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles show that every year, there are around 23,282 vehicles involved in truck accidents in New York. Whether it is delivery trucks, sanitation trucks, dump trucks or trucks used to move furniture around the city, the huge size and weight of these trucks and their large blind spots make them difficult to maneuver on the congested streets of New York City. As a result, even a slight error or the truck driver can result in a devastating truck accident.
The job of a truck driver typically involves spending long hours behind the wheels on long, dreary highways. To add to the already challenging conditions, the sword of tight deadlines constantly hangs over a trucker’s head. Such tedious conditions combine to cause truckers to spend more time on the road than they ideally should. All this ends up making them susceptible to exhaustion, jadedness, burnouts, and falling asleep behind the wheel, which increases the risk of truck accidents.
With an increasing number of trucks plying on the streets of New York, passenger vehicles are at a greater risk of accidents. Any accident with a truck can be dangerous but the damages are even higher if the collision occurs when the truck is speeding. A truck being driven over the permitted speed limit is far more likely to cause either a fatality or serious injuries that lead to paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and amputation injuries.
Cargo in a New York tractor-trailer can weigh approximately tens of thousands of pounds. The truck’s center of gravity can shift abruptly if the cargo is not properly secured. This can result in the truck overturning or running out of control.
There are several security and safety features in today’s age that can help trucking companies and operators prevent road accidents. Safe vehicle operation needs to be enforced by trucking companies and their employees to avoid potential road accidents and unnecessary risks. There are electronic data recorders in most trucks that track the number of hours driven by the truck and other statistics.