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Truck driver cited after striking overpass in New York

Truck accidents can be catastrophic for innocent victims. Because of their enormous size and the heavy cargo that they frequently transport, trucks can do extreme damage in an crash. Often times, the driver of a tractor trailer will escape the truck accident unscathed, while other vulnerable motorists and bystanders suffer serious injuries or fatalities. This is why it is crucial that truck drivers and truck owners are cautious and compliant when it comes to safety requirements.

In order to keep others safe while they share a road with trucks, the federal government has put a number of trucking regulations in place. There are weight guidelines, limits on the number of hours that a driver can be on the road and restrictions on where a truck can drive. If a driver fails to comply with any of these regulations, other people can be put in danger.

One driver was recently charged in New York after he failed to obey traffic signs that prohibited truck traffic on a particular road. Many people have seen these road signs that explicitly prohibit commercial vehicles because they may be too heavy for the road or they may be too tall to navigate under low bridges. In this case, it was the latter which led to a serious accident when the truck driver crashed into an overpass.

The truck driver stated that he had been using a consumer GPS program on his cell phone which does not alert truck drivers to low bridges or restricted roads. Many other trucking companies and drivers use GPS devices that are specifically designed for truckers and include this type of information. This man could have avoided the accident had he been using the proper tools, or if he had simply been attentive to the road.

According to reports, there a several road signs that read "No Trucks" or "Passenger Cars Only" leading to the bridge and the driver should have been paying attention to these. Even with a GPS device, drivers still need to be aware of the road and watch for these types of restrictions.

Luckily, no one was injured in this particular crash. In similar situations, however, motorists on the overpass and those on the road with a truck that slams into the overpass have been seriously hurt because of the damage to the road and the sudden stop of the truck.

Source: Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor Patch, "Truck Driver Charged Following Overpass Strike," Sarah Studley, Oct. 24, 2012

  • Getting injured in an accident with a noncompliant driver of a commercial vehicle can have devastating and lifelong consequences for victims. For more information on what rights and protections are available to the injured parties and their loved ones, please visit our New York City truck accident page.

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