These days, interstates and highways across the state of New Jersey are seeing higher volumes of commercial traffic. For those in passenger vehicles, traveling at high speeds near big rigs like tractor-trailers can definitely be intimidating. Since these trucks are so massive, trucking accidents involving passenger vehicles have a higher probability to be serious or fatal. These safety tips could be helpful for drivers who share roadways with tractor-trailers.
If you are like most people who live in New Jersey, you have been in a car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle when a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle has come up alongside the vehicle you are in. In these situations, you instantly become aware of how much smaller your vehicle is than the adjacent big rig. This can be a somewhat frightening or sobering experience because you realize the danger to people in average passenger vehicles when accidents occur that involve both large trucks and regular vehicles.
The large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers one sees driving in and around Clinton often cast a menacing shadow, as their potential for causing devastation in a collision with another vehicle can plainly be seen. The expenses that can arise from a truck accident can be enormous; sadly, according to information shared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 116,000 accident victims in 2017 had to learn this the hard way. When assigning liability for a truck accident, many often wonder if liability lies only with the truck driver who caused the accident, or if it can also be extended to the truck company that employs them.
If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you may wonder just how many hours a commercial trucker drives at any one time. Many people talk about how truckers might get tired because of the long times for which they are on the road and because many of their driving hours are in the dark. This can lead to serious risks if big rigs are operated by drivers who might be sleepy.