The Journal-Gazette reported yesterday on a fatal truck accident involving an area driver. According to reports, the crash included two tractor-trailers that collided in Pierceton, Indiana. The crash struck yesterday afternoon and police are still investigating to determine the specific cause.
It has been confirmed that one driver was killed in the collision. The victim was a 65-year old truck driver who was traveling west on U.S. Route 30 and was approaching the Indiana 13 intersection. A second semi driven by a Chicago resident was in front of him. The Chicago driver eventually came to a stop at the intersection because he was facing a red light. For unknown reasons the second truck driver failed to notice that the truck ahead of him had stopped. As a result, he did not begin to brake until his rig was almost directly behind the stopped vehicle. It ultimately slammed into the back of the first truck.
The collision caused immense damage to the cab of the second truck. The driver was thrust forward in the crushed machine and suffered extensive head and internal injuries. He was brought to a local hospital but eventually passed away from his injuries.
This accident demonstrates an important consideration when it comes to trucking safety: trucks are not capable of braking as quickly as smaller vehicles. The size of tractor trailers makes it a more complex (and less speedy) process to accelerate and slow down. That means that truckers must account for these differences when traveling on the highway.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with many victims who suffered extreme losses because of the negligent driving on the part of truck drivers. It is imperative that all those who get behind the wheels of these rigs are properly trained and prepared to safely drive the machines at all times. There is no room for error, because even a single slip up can be the difference between life and death.
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