The I-70 in Indiana sees its fair share of car and truck accidents, but some of the most devastating are undoubtedly accidents caused by commercial semi-trucks. The large size and slow stopping speeds of most semis make it difficult for truck drivers to stop in time or swerve to potentially avoid an accident. The I-70 also experiences a great deal of traffic. This combination can spell disaster.
On July 21st in Clay County, a major truck accident on Interstate 70 occurred which began at 5 PM. Multiple cars and semis were involved, and the initial accident—which set off a chain reaction of sorts—started when a semi-truck went off the road at the 25-mile marker. This caused traffic to slow significantly.
Semi trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other types of large, commercial trucks and buses can be challenging to drive near if you’re in a smaller passenger vehicle. Some drivers are even understandably uncomfortable driving next to a large truck. Semi trucks are noisy, make wide turns, take longer to stop, and can limit visibility. Additionally, it can be nerve-wracking to drive next to these vehicles when you know that any type of truck accident would almost assuredly result in devastation.
In order do our part to avoid dangerous truck crashes, we need to focus on driving safely and cautiously around large trucks. Doing so makes it easier for the truck driver to avoid accidents as well as encourages a smooth, safe flow of traffic.
Almost every product that we use, food that we eat, or item that we purchase has spent some amount of time traveling on United States roads in a semi truck. Semi-trucks are necessary for making many of life’s conveniences possible. But these massive vehicles also make our roadways more dangerous. When a car collides with a semi-truck, the damage is often catastrophic. Truck accidents are different from car accidents in many ways.
Trucks are substantially heavier than cars
The average passenger car weighs 3,500 pounds. A semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Simple physics dictates that a crash between a large object and a small object will result in greater damage to the smaller object. The enormous size difference between cars and semi-trucks makes their collision very dangerous.