San Antonio Trucker Hits Parked DOT Vehicles, Injuries to Five
A trucking accident left five injured after its driver struck a road-crew vehicle parked on the shoulder of the interstate. The injury total includes one construction worker who was not in any of the vehicles involved but was working nearby filling pot-holes; somehow, all people involved escaped death.
The 39-year-old, San Antonio driver was cruising his big-rig through Southern Illinois when he barreled into a road-crew's dump truck. The impact forced the dump truck to strike a second dump truck, causing a horrific three-vehicle entanglement. State Troopers ticketed the man for failing to yield to a stationary authorized emergency vehicle. The trucker also failed to slow down when driving past the construction workers, as he was also cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Even though the tractor-trailer accident involved no fatalities, accident-scene photographs demonstrate just how devastating 18-wheelers can be when the driver fails to safely maintain control of the vehicle. Because these trucks are extremely heavy and large, they have sluggish agility and take a much longer time to reduce speed than passenger vehicles. Because of these dangers, all truck drivers must be licensed to operate commercial vehicles and must do so in accordance with both federal and state laws.
Many trucking companies look the other way when their drivers use unsafe driving practices - some companies even encourage them. The time truckers save by travelling at unsafe speeds can come at the high cost of human lives. Unfortunately, many truck drivers continue to put other motorists' lives at risk, regardless of the law. Victims must hold them accountable for their negligence through personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims. It may be only way for some of the trucking companies to change their ways.
Source: register-news.com, "Five injured in accident on Interstate 57," 2/17/2011