New Mexico truck drivers routinely drive hundreds of miles across the country delivering goods. The majority of a truck driver’s time is spent navigating the nations’ vast highways, often traveling hundreds of miles without making a turn. Indeed, highways are specifically designed for large trucks to easily travel from one city to another. Even when they are operated on roads designed to accommodate these large vehicles, New Mexico truck accidents are still common.
When truck drivers begin and end their journey, however, they are often operating their rigs on city streets. These surface streets, unlike highways, are not designed for large trucks and present truck drivers with a unique set of challenges. For example, city streets are narrower than highways, limiting truck drivers’ visibility and offering reduced space to complete necessary turns. Additionally, truck drivers must navigate around countless motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Despite the additional challenges of driving on city streets, it is a part of a truck driver’s job, and truck drivers must take all of the necessary precautions to prevent accidents. In many cases, truck drivers will approach their destination late at night, after fatigue has set in. In these situations, truck drivers should pull off the road, find a rest stop, and get some sleep so that they are alert as they drive on city streets.