The idea of self-driving cars may be gaining acceptance by New Yorkers, but what about the advent of automated large trucks? Those who are in the trucking industry may well be on their way to understanding the technology currently under development and the potential issues. However, drivers of passenger vehicles should also be aware of the effects truck convoys may have in traffic.
As the trucking industry expands to meet the rise in demand of the improved economy, large trucks make up more and more of the vehicles on the roadways in New York. The New York Times has recently suggested federal lawmakers are not doing enough to protect motorists from the hazards of large trucks. Truck driver fatigue, in particular, continues to be a growing problem, and yet the laws that limit how many hours each week a truck driver can be on the road may be increasing, rather than decreasing.
Did you know that federal rules about commercial vehicle operation have loosened to include more diabetic drivers? In years past, people with insulin-dependent diabetes were prevented from obtaining commercial drivers licenses for interstate transport. Now, however, new rules have opened the commercial driving field for Type 1 diabetics and other similar drivers. Although statistics are not very comprehensive with regards to whether diabetic drivers cause many New York City truck accidents, the potential for danger certainly exists. Drivers who suffer from certain health conditions such as insulin-dependent diabetes may lose focus, become disoriented and cause accidents because of low blood sugar or other critical situations.
By now, most people are aware that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Did you know, though, that over-the-road truck drivers aren't the ones that are most likely to drive while drowsy?
According to the assistant fire chief in Yonkers, there was a very unusual truck accident recently on I-87/New York State Thruway. A sedan was trying to enter onto the highway. The car caught the front of the truck as it tried to pass. The back of the car was caught under the truck's back wheel. As a result, the car flipped at least two times.