A tractor-trailer can be about four times longer than the average passenger vehicle and more than 20 times heavier. This alone makes traveling among commercial vehicles extremely risky even in the best conditions. It also means that even a moment of negligence or recklessness can result in truck accidents.
Any number of factors may lead to catastrophe for those who share the streets and highways with trucks. In a winter blizzard or a summer storm, driving can be treacherous in New York, especially for those who are poorly trained or inexperienced to handle a big rig in such weather. Truck drivers do not increase their chances of arriving safely if they fail to comply with federally-mandated rest periods, consume alcohol before driving or operate their rigs when they are in poor health. A truck accident may also be the result of a poorly maintained truck or defective vehicle parts.
By far, however, the most common causes of truck accidents are speeding and distraction. Truckers may have critical deadlines to meet, and this can compel them to exceed safe speeds. Additionally, anything that takes a driver’s eyes, hands or mind from the task of driving may prevent a truck driver from avoiding an accident. This can be horrific for other travelers.
Those who suffer injuries or the loss of loved ones in truck accidents may have many questions. Perhaps the most urgent one is, “Why did this happen?” Those in New York who are reeling in the aftermath of an accident with a tractor-trailer can seek the answers they need and guidance for the most appropriate steps to take by speaking with a legal professional who is dedicated to helping those who are suffering through no fault of their own.