Highway accidents, especially those involving larger vehicles, can have serious and deadly consequences. Recently, two teenagers in Florida were killed after an RV crossed lanes and hit their car head-on. News reports state that their parents sought legal action and were awarded $10M as a result of the action. Unfortunately, this tragedy is all too common on our nation's roads and highways.
We hope cases like these never occur, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. Just this week, a tractor-trailer driver is under fire for being involved in an accident that resulted in the deaths of several people, including a toddler, in Pennsylvania.
Did you ever wonder if and how data on trucking accidents is tracked from year to year? Well, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps data every year on statistics surrounding large truck and bus crashes. Their most recent report is from the year 2015, and some of their statistics are startling! Take a look below:
Recently, a terrible accident occurred on I-81 in Pennsylvania that involved a motorcycle driver and a tractor-trailer. The motorcycle driver crashed when a blanket got stuck into his back wheel, then was hit when multiple tractor-trailers consequently ran over him. The driver was thrown from his cycle, where he was hit by the large oncoming trucks. According to reports, none of the tractor-trailers drivers stopped to help or investigate the accident. State police are still looking for the drivers.
When you see tractor-trailers moving along our country's highways, you expect their drivers to be safe, alert, and vigilant. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A local New York City news source just posted an article about the increased occurrence of truck drivers who text and drive. According to the news report, through local ABC news station 13WHAM, "A hidden camera investigation has uncovered a dangerous trend on highways. WABC-TV in New York City set up camera on several of highly travel roadways, catching truckers texting and talking on their phones and one driver even talking on two cell phones at once. The New York State Department of Transportation said nearly 16,000 truckers were ticketed for distracted driving in 2013, but only four of them were suspended and taken out of service." 4 out of 16,000 drivers who were caught texting while driving seems like a tiny percentage!