The accident occurred when an 18-wheeler traveling westbound over the bridge hit a tow truck that was loading an SUV onto the back. All three vehicles caught fire. The driver and passenger of the 18-wheeler as well as the driver of the SUV were thrown into the spillway. Fire crews managed to rescue the three, who were hospitalized with moderate injuries.
The accident led to a spill of diesel fuel and other products from the 18-wheeler. Traffic was halted for more than seven hours as cleanup crews dealt with the accident.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2015, there were 4,311 fatal truck and bus accidents. This number increased by 8 percent from the prior year. Since 2009, this number has risen 26 percent. While the rate of fatal accidents rose that year, the rate of truck accident injury crashes fell by 1 percent.
The majority of injury and death victims in truck accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles. Trucks commonly weigh 20 to 30 times as much as a standard passenger vehicle. They are taller, take up more space and take much longer to slow down in response to trouble.
The most common causes of truck accidents are driver error, driver fatigue and driving too fast for road conditions. These factors can stem from the inherent nature of the job. Truck drivers are allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a time and up to 77 hours per week. But surveys show that many drivers violate regulations and work longer than allowed.
If you suffer injury in a truck accident, discuss your case with a truck accident attorney.