Due to the size of commercial trucks, accidents can pose significant dangers to other motorists and motorcycle riders. However, not all collisions are the same and head-on accidents can be deadly.
Truck accidents can be especially devastating. Commercial vehicles, which could weigh up to 30 times more than a passenger car, often create a significant amount of property damage in a collision and claims far more lives than a crash between cars.
In newer-model cars, rearview or backup cameras are now included among the standard safety features. However, adoption for commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, has been somewhat slower in the United States. In Europe, the Council of the European Union announced last year that advanced safety features will be required of all trucks, buses and cars for personal and commercial purposes by 2022.
As a driver in New England, you know how the roads can get in winter: Slick and slippery until they are plowed after a snowstorm. For commercial truck drivers, the dangers of driving on ice and snow are multiplied. Although these drivers have an advanced skill set in terms of vehicle maneuverability and skid control, they also have to factor in the behavior of the other drivers around them, which can make winter travel more challenging.