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Why are trucking accidents one of the most deadly mishaps in the United States?

February 9, 2015 Truck Accident

Why are trucking accidents one of the most deadly mishaps in the United States?According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “more than 500,000 semis and large commercial vehicles were involved in traffic crashes in 2010.”  That makes trucking accidents one of the most deadly mishaps in the U.S. The website for Find My Accident posts detailed newspaper accounts of car and light/heavy truck accidents in every state. Let’s look at Indiana:

On July 8, 2014–in the middle of summer’s mild weather in Putnam County on Interstate 70 at about 12:30 p.m.–a semi driver caused a catastrophic accident, and died by not slowing down, as posted signs requested, in a construction zone. But this driver didn’t only take his own life. His semi rear-ended another semi which rear-ended a car. Two middle-aged men in the car sustained serious injuries.

Edmund Gary, writing for the ehow website explains why semi trucks have such difficulty slowing down to avoid accidents: “A fully loaded semi has the gross weight…of up to 80,000 pounds. At a speed of 55 mph, a semi’s stopping distance is 100 yards — the length of a football field … The compressed air brake system of a semi … has a lag time after the driver steps on the pedal. A second of travel time will occur before the boost of the air brakes activates the friction parts of the braking system.” No wonder the semi driver described above could not avoid hitting the semi in front of him.

Our firm focuses on cases involving devastating crashes. If you or a loved one has been severely injured, or killed, as the direct result of the negligence of a semi truck driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham.

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