In a crowded and congested urban environment like New York City, space is in short supply. Consequently, many of the buildings being constructed and renovated are built up rather than out. With tens to hundreds of construction workers, dump trucks, cranes and other construction vehicles and equipment all crowded into a small area; the likelihood of an accident occurring increases exponentially.
On a daily basis, millions of motor vehicles travel along New York State's highways and roads. It's no wonder therefore, that road construction crews are frequently called upon to fix road defects, perform regular maintenance and construct new roadways. For the men and women who are tasked with helping ensure that New York's roads are safe and navigable, there are many occupational hazards including the risk of suffering injuries in a motor vehicle-related accident.
For construction workers in New York City, worksites are full of potential hazards that pose a risk to a worker's health and physical safety. Not only must construction workers routinely complete work projects from atop scaffolding, putting them at risk of falling and from the depths of trenches that may collapse unexpectedly; but workers must also be constantly aware of the whereabouts and movements of construction vehicles.
Removing the trash from a city as large as New York requires a small army of sanitation trucks. These garbage trucks are generally extremely large, may be nearly full, and may have drivers on a tight schedule. The result is a danger for pedestrians, who can be seriously injured or in a collision with a sanitation truck. In one recent tragic accident, a man in his mid-20s died after being hit by a garbage truck. Police are investigating the accident.
Seven people, including three young children, were killed in a horrific semi-truck accident in New York. The accident, which happened when the trailer somehow disconnected from the truck while the vehicle was moving down the road, may raise questions about the safety of the truck.
There are many reasons that a police officer may decide to pull over a truck driver. Often times, it is because a trucker is driving recklessly or there appears to be something wrong with the truck itself. In either case, police may suspect that a trucker is in violation of any number of state or federal trucking regulations. By taking action to pull over a trucker before violations lead to a serious truck accident, police are keeping other New York motorists and residents safe.
Truck drivers and trucking companies have an increased responsibility to operate and maintain their vehicles properly. In the event of an accident, these enormous trucks can do serious damage to other motorists. Because of this, there are state and federal regulations with which commercial drivers must comply. Those who do not take this responsibility seriously can end up causing extensive damage in a truck accident.
Accidents that involve a large commercial-sized vehicle can be extremely frightening for victims. One second, you may just be driving alone the highway and the next second, you look in your rearview mirror and see an enormous vehicle barreling towards you. Too often, these truck accidents are caused when a trucker is distracted and does not notice slowing traffic ahead of them, or a truck is following too closely behind a car that has to make an abrupt stop.
Truck drivers have a duty to operate their commercial-sized vehicles in a responsible and safe manner. These drivers are even required to have a special class of driver's license because of this increased liability behind the wheel. Often, trucks are carrying very heavy or dangerous cargo and any violation of federal or state laws related to trucking and transportation can put other motorists in serious danger.
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.
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