EFFINGHAM COUNTY, IL- The effinghamdailynews.com reports that Interstate 70 was shut down in both directions on Tuesday, August 21, 2018,after a collision between two semi-trucks. The crash took place in the eastbound lanes. Emergency responders were seen working to extract someone from one of the trucks. A medical helicopter was on site as well.*
Accidents involving semi-trucks are frightening because these vehicles are huge. The weight of a large truck can be anywhere from 20 to 30 times greater than passenger vehicles. When trucks are involved in fatal accidents, the most likely victims are not the people in the truck, but peoplewho are traveling in passenger vehicles. Out of all fatal truck accidents in the United States in 2016, the truck occupants were killed in just 17 percent of the accidents. If the accident involves a truck and a smaller vehicle, the person killed was in the smaller vehicle 97 percent of the time.
Truck occupants are at risk in crashes involving other trucks. In accidents where truck drivers were killed, the most likely scenario is that two or more semi-trucks crashed. This was the case in 67 percent of trucker fatalities in 2016. Trucks are also occasionally in fatal rollover crashes. Rollovers were involved in 55 percent of all trucker fatalities. The number is greater than the numberof deadly SUV accidents involving rolloversand far higher than the number of cars that overturned.
Truck drivers who are in their twenties or younger are at a greater risk of being involved inanaccident whether fatal or not.
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