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Dangers of commuting alongside commercial vehicles

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2021 | Commercial Vehicle Accidents |

There is no shortage of busy roads and interstates running through and around Montvale. Many motorists are concerned any time they have to share the road with truckers. Research shows that there are specific times of the day that you should be on higher alert than others.

As you might suspect, evening rush hour, which is typically between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., is when you need to be extremely vigilant to avoid becoming involved in an accident. Commercial trucks can be particularly dangerous.

Rush hour brings added risks

Most motorists are exhausted as they commute back home after a long day at school or work. They’ve likely been up double-digit hours already, are hungry and just want to get back home to get in some rest before going to bed and getting up and doing it all over again the next day.

Commercial carriers such as truckers are often of the same mentality. There are a few factors that distinguish truckers from other motorists, though. They’re often on tight deadlines. Inclement weather, traffic or a road construction zone can significantly slow them down.

The fleet companies or clients they often work for put tremendous pressure on their shoulders to get a job done early and work past the point of exhaustion. Some even incentivize drivers to meet or exceed their unrealistic quotas. They may neglect to properly secure loads due to time constraints, which can also cause braking and loss of control issues. The combination of these factors can make sharing the road with commercial carriers very unsafe.

If you couple the above-referenced issues with regular, everyday distractions like smartphones, then you have quite the explosive mix. It’s no wonder that truckers tailgate motorists or don’t notice motorists driving alongside them and engage in other reckless and potentially catastrophic driving behaviors.

New Jersey subscribes to the no-fault insurance doctrine, meaning you’d typically file a claim with your insurance company before taking any legal action against a party that might have struck you. You’ll want to take additional time to learn what happens if your accident-related costs extend beyond the limits of your policy following a crash.