Being vehicles of such a large size, semis and tractor-trailers can cause accidents that are very serious in nature, both in injuries to victims as well as damage to personal property and infrastructure. This was made evident in one recent accident in Casey, IL when a semi-truck crashed into a concrete support on the Illinois 49 overpass and caught fire, according to an article by the Herald-Review. The accident occurred over Interstate 70 and one man (the passenger) died and another (the driver) has suffered serious personal injuries and remains hospitalized. Illinois State Police reported that the truck fire damaged the tractor, trailer, and the overpass. The driver was ticketed for improper lane usage.
A fire can be an extremely dangerous consequence of truck and motor vehicle accidents. Not only are they dangerous to those directly involved in the accident, but fires pose a danger to those around the accident as well. Fires can quickly spread to other vehicles, infrastructure, and the environment surrounding the scene of the accident, putting others in harm’s way. Furthermore, because vehicles run off of gasoline and oil, which are highly flammable and combustive materials, the fire can quickly escalate into an ever-increasing dangerous situation.