Across the state of New York, over 130 bridges see millions of travelers every year. While our state’s infrastructure needs continuous repairs and renovations to deal with high volumes of traffic, education is also extremely important to keeping our roads safe.
So, let’s talk about bridge strikes, which occur when truck drivers ignore height requirements and recklessly collide with bridges, putting everyone on the road in danger.
Independent research from multiple organizations has shed light on the dangers of distracted driving – specifically, due to cell phones. Based on this research and the growing issue of distracted driving accidents among truckers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has outright banned commercial truck drivers from holding a cell phone in their hands at any time while driving. In addition, several states, including New York, have their own strict laws on cell phone use. Despite these regulations and the ever-present danger of distracted driving, truck drivers can still skirt the rules and put everyone on the road at risk.
Speedy, efficient, and thorough garbage pickup is absolutely necessary in a city as packed and busy as New York, but only if done safely. Garbage trucks are heavy, powerful vehicles that can cause serious damage in an auto accident, and they are even more dangerous if a pedestrian is involved. Given how many New Yorkers walk to and from work or jog for exercise, drivers should be keenly aware of everyone around them at all times. Otherwise, the everyday jogger could be severely injured in an accident.
New York streets aren’t known for being clear and easily navigable at the best of times, and when holiday traffic is added, it can become a real nightmare.
Over the past few years, rideshare drivers have flooded our city streets. While that means affordable rides are always at the ready, it also means more traffic. One real concern for a lot of drivers and pedestrians in NYC is the large trucks making deliveries this holiday season. But the biggest risk many experts are seeing is the increase in crowdsourced deliveries that do not come from professional companies, but from delivery-share drivers.
Driving at high speeds causes a very high number of rollover accidents, which can be particularly dangerous in light trucks that may not have the roof strength to protect occupants. According to one study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 45% of the rollover accidents they examined were caused by speed in one way or another. In New York, where road conditions can be affected by adverse weather, it is even more important to understand how to maintain safe control of a vehicle and avoid rollover accidents.
A jackknifing accident occurs when a large truck hauling a trailer attempts to brake suddenly or on a slippery surface and the trailer continues forward, pushing the cab of the truck to the side and back along the trailer. This type of accident is rarely fatal for the driver or other parties involved, but it can be frightening and result in personal injury or property damage. If you are a driver and see a jackknife occurring, there are a few things you can do to help yourself avoid a collision and respond to the situation safely.
Large trucks carry tremendous amounts of cargo throughout America. These vehicles are vital to ensuring daily operations for businesses all across New York and safely navigate the roads and bridges of the state every day. Fortunately, accidents and crashes involving large trucks are quite rare, but when they do occur, they can result in tremendous property damage, physical injury, and even fatalities. More often than not, when a driver is injured in a crash with a large truck, it is the driver of another vehicle and not the truck driver. Although mechanical failures can happen, more than 80% of crashes with large trucks occur due to human factors, not vehicular ones.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regularly reviews the causes of reported traffic accidents to better understand how these devastating crashes happen. According to the federal agency, there are well over 250,000 large truck accidents nationwide each year. These accidents injure 60,000 people and kill over 3,000 people annually.
Understanding the main causes of truck accidents can help you avoid being involved in one. Here are four of the most common causes of New York truck accidents:
- Truck driver error: Inexperienced, careless, and reckless truck drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of serious injury. Some of the most common forms of truck driver error include excessive speed, violating hours-of-service regulations, driving while fatigued, distracted driving, and impaired driving.
Two people were killed in a New York car accident involving a tractor-trailer, two box trucks and another vehicle. According to an AM New York news report, the fatal truck accident happened near exit 14B of Interstate 87 in Suffern. Officials say the truck was attempting to pass slower traffic, lost control and struck a box truck head on. The tractor-trailer tipped over, a box truck burst open littering debris across the highway. Two people were killed and a third suffered minor injuries.
In an effort to reduce the number of serious truck accidents that occur each year due to fatigued driving, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted new Hours-of-Service rules for truck drivers in July 2013. The new rule reduced the number of hours a trucker may spend on the road in a single week from 82 hours to 70, with a mandatory 34 hours of rest before beginning a new workweek.
Driving while drowsy is a great risk for any driver, but when an individual is operating a semi-truck that can easily weigh 80,000 pounds, the potential for causing catastrophic or fatal damage is all the more real. According to National Transportation Safety Board, nearly half of all fatal truck accidents are the result of a fatigued truck driver.
Unfortunately, in an industry in which truckers earn more money the quicker a delivery is completed, forcing drivers to spend less time on the road, especially between the low-traffic hours of 1am and 5am, is not a welcomed change.