MACOUPIN COUNTY, IL- Foxillinois.com reports that a fatal pickup truck accident took place on Thursday, August 2, 2018,on Shipman Road in Carlinville. The collision, which involved a tractor-trailer, occurred at about 5:31 a.m.
The victim, 35-year-old Jarrod Adams died at the scene of the accident. Adams was traveling north on Shipman Road and collided with a tractor-trailerthat was heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the semi did not sustain any injuriesin the collision.
The Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.
Head-on collisions cause a high rate of fatalitiesbecause of the incredible force that is involved when two vehicles strike one another when they are traveling at one another. The force increases by multiples, meaning that the force created by the speed of the two vehicles is not just added together. The force of a crash at 80 miles per hour is quadruple the force of a collision at 40 miles per hour, not double.
A head-on collision with a tractor-trailer is obviously going to be devastating for people traveling in smaller vehicles. Semi-trucks weight between 20 and 30 times as much as passenger vehicles. When passenger vehicles are involved in collisions with large trucks, the occupants of the passenger vehicles are far more likely to die than the occupants of the semi. In 2016, 66% of the 3,986 people killed in accidents involving large trucks were people traveling in passenger vehicles. Another 16% of people killed in accidents involving these large vehicles were motorcyclists, pedestrians, or cyclists. When fatal collisions involved a large truck and a smaller vehicle, the person or people killed were traveling in the smaller vehicle 97% of the time. Most two-vehiclecollisions that killed truck drivers were collisions between two trucks.
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