At their most basic levels, large trucks and commercial vehicles are pretty similar to their smaller counterparts. Personal vehicles and big trucks have engines that make them move and wheels on which they roll. They have compartments for drivers and passengers to sit in and they have storage spaces in which cargo and other items may be carried.
However, the sheer scope of a large truck makes its operation a more difficult task than that of a small sedan or sport utility vehicle. Because large trucks are so big and may carry so much in them, they can reach incredible weights when fully burdened with goods. As such, a heavy truck can take a lot of space, up to two football fields’ worth of length, in order to come to a full stop.
A driver who knows that trucks needs space to stop can stay clear of them by moving out of the way or passing them when they approach the driver’s vehicle. Additionally, drivers who understand that large trucks have big blind spots can help prevent accidents by ensuring that they can see the trucks’ drivers and that truck drivers can see them at all times.
Truck drivers and trucking companies bear a lot of the burden for preventing truck accidents on New Jersey roads. However, drivers can take a few simple steps to keep themselves out of the paths of dangerous trucks and to protect themselves and others from accidents. Those who do suffer losses in truck collisions may speak with personal injury attorneys about their losses and the possible pursuit of their damages.