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Fatal Truck Accidents in the United States

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Updated November 28, 2018 | Truck Accidents |


Trucking accidents are one of the most deadly mishaps in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 500,000 large trucks (including semis and tractor-trailers) were involved in accidents in 2010.

Fatal Truck Accident in Indiana

On July 8, 2014—in the middle of mild summer weather in Putnam County on Interstate 70 at about 12:30 pm—a truck driver caused a catastrophic accident by not slowing down, as posted signs requested, in a construction zone. His semi rear-ended another semi, which then rear-ended a car. The truck driver who caused the accident died, and two middle-aged men in the car sustained serious injuries.

Why Truck Accidents Cause Fatalities

Semi-trucks have difficulty slowing down to avoid accidents. With a gross weight of up to 80,000 pounds and a speed of 55 mph, a semi has a stopping distance of 100 yards. After a truck driver steps on the brake, it take a full second for the braking system to activate. It is no surprise that the driver in Putnam Country could not avoid hitting the semi in front of him.

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

Our firm has experience with cases involving devastating crashes. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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