Due to the sheer size and weight of trucks, one wrong move and the results can be truly devastating.
Take for example the recent fatal car crash involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. The 26-year-old driver of the car, from Des Moines, Iowa, was killed in the crash. The 32-year-old truck driver did not even have to go to the hospital.
The accident happened around 4 a.m. The 26-year-old was driving westbound on Interstate 80 when the semi rear-ended his vehicle. After the initial crash, the truck stopped close to the inside lane and was hit by a third vehicle driven by a 32-year-old.
The 26-year-old was the only one taken to the hospital after the crash. He was pronounced dead a short time after his arrival.
In looking at a case such as this, while the specifics -- like why the truck driver rear-ended the vehicle in the first place -- are unknown, the general accident still shows just how damaging an accident with a semi can be.
When there are accidents caused by truck driver negligence, whether it be speeding, changing lanes or tailgating, due to the extensive training truck drivers have, there is really little excuse for these types of negligent driving behaviors. The truck drivers should know how deadly the semis can be and drive accordingly.
In cases where it is believed careless or reckless driving led to a truck accident, an attorney will be able to investigate the true cause in order for loved ones to hold the truck driver and/or the trucking company accountable.
Source: Des Moines Register, "Des Moines man dies in early Sunday morning car crash," Katherine Klingseis, May 26, 2013