Law enforcement authorities often receive calls from people complaining about the actions of truck drivers. Certain violations that regularly result in complaints are considered to be serious moving violations as these actions can result in serious accidents. These violations are clearly defined in all states’ legislation, including that of New Jersey, and may lead to a commercial driver losing his or her commercial driver’s license (CDL). The most common serious moving violation complaint is speeding.
Many complaints are received by authorities about speeding trucks, especially in residential areas and school zones. Truck drivers are required to operate at or below posted speed limits, but should use good judgement when traveling through areas where lower speeds might be warranted due to special circumstances. These circumstances may include decreasing speed in areas with sharp corners or steep down-grades, and driving more slowly in poor weather conditions.
The tailgating of other vehicles by trucks is another frequent violation about which authorities receive complaints. In most circumstances, failing to maintain a safe following distance is considered dangerous, but when a heavy tractor-trailer tailgates a much-lighter passenger vehicle, it becomes much more serious. Heavy trucks take much longer to stop than lighter vehicles. The possibility of an accident while tailgating increases greatly in adverse weather conditions or when a truck is not maintained properly.
New Jersey victims of truck accidents involving speeding or tailgating may choose to file a civil claim in order to recoup financial losses resulting from the accident. Seriously injured victims may elect to file a personal injury claim, while the family members of a deceased victim may choose to file a wrongful death claim. Monetary damages awarded in a successful civil claim may assist a victim or his or her family with coping during an understandably difficult time.
Source: nhtsa.gov, “Targeting Crash-Causing Violations“, Dec. 17, 2014
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