Motorists across New York face hazards every time they take to the roadway, thanks to overcrowded commutes, weather-related headaches and inattentive drivers, among other factors. Just as typical motorists may find themselves losing focus due to cellphones, roadside accidents and related distractions, truckers, too, often get distracted. Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver distraction is a factor in more than 70 percent of commercial truck-involved accidents, and when commercial trucks and cars collide, the cars are frequently on the losing end.
Commercial trucks necessarily operate and move differently than passenger cars and trucks. This is because they are enormous, very powerful and often carrying heavy or potentially dangerous cargo. For these reasons, there are a number of state and federal trucking regulations that set standards for who can drive commercial trucks, which behaviors operators should avoid, and how cargo must be loaded.