A passenger car and a semi-trailer were recently in a collision on Interstate 15 in North Salt Lake. According to a Utah Highway Patrol officer, the accident occurred when the drivers of the car and the semi-trailer tried to avoid hitting a third vehicle with a blown tire. While both drivers averted an accident with the third car, they ended up hitting each other in the process.
The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, which were treated at a local hospital, and the passenger car's driver did not receive any injuries that needed medical attention.
Common Semi-Truck Accidents
In many cases, commercial truck accidents are actually caused by the drivers of passenger vehicles - in part because they don't realize the significant differences between their cars and the trucks that they share the roads with. Some of the major differences that drivers must keep in mind include:
The longer distance it takes for trucks to stop, which is almost three times the stoppi
Rear-end collisions between trucks and motor vehicles can have devastating effects. Of the 400,000 truck accidents per year, 18 percent are rear-end crashes. Most of these accidents are attributed to trucks hitting motor vehicles.
Many of the fatal rear-end collisions involved multiple vehicles. 18 percent of truck-attributed accidents involved three or more vehicles, where as multiple vehicles comprised only five percent of rear-end accidents caused by motor vehicles. Of fatal rear-end collisions, about 46 percent involved multiple (at least three) vehicles.
This disparity is likely due to the sheer weight and size differences between large trucks and passenger cars. Typically, an 18-wheeler will not stop or even slowdown when it hits a car, allowing it to continue on its path and hit other vehicles. A car, however, will usually stop when it collides with a truck.
Rear-End Collisions and Contributing Factors
Defective equipment or poor truck maintenance may contribute to r