The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) reports that there were 3,194 injuries sustained in New Jersey truck accidents in the year 2010. During that same year, there were a total of 5,433 large trucks involved in non-fatal crashes. Certainly, some of these accidents could have been prevented if the truck driver or other motorists involved practiced safer driving habits.
Truck drivers operate large vehicles, which can be potentially dangerous in the wrong hands or in the hands of a negligent driver. Not only do big rigs have large blind spots, but their large size and significant weight leave them with the potential to cause considerable injuries and damages in the event of a crash.
Drivers who drive near large trucks on New Jersey roadways would be well advised to follow these useful tips. Drivers immediately in front of a large truck should not decelerate quickly or change lanes without using a turning signal. Drivers alongside trucks should remember that trucks with trailers have large blind spots near the trailer behind the cab.
Drivers immediately behind trucks should keep their distance because passenger cars could slide under the trailer and get crushed. Drivers of passenger cars would also be well-advised not to drive aggressively when they are near large trucks.
Despite safety measures and precautions you may take, it is impossible to predict what might happen on the roadway. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent truck driver, the experienced Princeton truck crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Call us at 609-240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.