Commercial trucks can be very hard to control, and even experienced truckers can have difficulties with their rigs. When drivers lose control of these massive machines, damage is almost guaranteed, and loss of life can often be unavoidable. A couple from Mandeville fell victim to this on June 14th.
On I-10, near the Louisiana Welcome Center, the 82-year-old driver of a Toyota Corolla was diving slowly in the right most lane of eastbound traffic. Investigators claim that the car was being followed by an 18-wheeler that failed to properly adjust its speed. The truck rear-ended the small car, pushed the car into the median, and then flipped onto its side.
The driver of the car, and his 80-year-old wife, passed at the scene of the crash, but the truck driver sustained no major injuries. The Louisiana State Police are investigating the accident, but they do not believe either driver was impaired when the crash occurred.
How Dangerous Are Truck Accidents?
It doesn’t take much to cause a crash while driving a tractor trailer. Simply missing the brake pedal for an instant can cause serious harm and damages, and it’s usually the occupants of nearby vehicles that suffer for the mistake. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of the people who are killed in large truck crashes are the occupants of vehicles other than the truck. Being aware of this danger can help keep you and your family safer, so please learn more about these crashes by visiting our truck accidents page and by following our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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