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.
In Perry County, PA a school bus crashed. The bus driver was attempting to avoid a collision with a large truck, which crossed the opposing lane of travel into the bus's lane. The bus was carrying almost 40 students from the local schools. Over a quarter of the students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The truck driver was cited for operation of vehicle without certificate of inspection, as well as driving on roadways laned for traffic. Obviously, we hope that accidents like this never happen, but luckily all of the children seem to be generally okay!
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.
Cell phone use while driving is irresponsible, reckless, and a threat to the safety of the driver, their passengers, and other vehicles on the road. Most drivers recognize these facts, however, many still choose to ignore safety laws and continue to text and talk on their cell phone while on the road. Drivers of cars are not the only people who are guilty of not obeying the safety laws; semi-truck drivers have also been caught using their cell phones while driving. As startling as this phenomenon seems, it is not uncommon on the highways. As a result of this and in response to a semi-truck accident that was supposedly caused by a truck driver on his cell phone, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended banning the use of cell phones for truckers nationwide (except for emergency purposes). The accident, cited by the NTSB as a possible reason for cell phone bans for truckers, involved a truck driver who was talking on his phone while driving and caused an accident that killed 11 people. Directly before the accident, the driver made a call and crossed a median on an interstate, crashing into a van carrying twelve people that were coming home from a wedding.