A community is still in shock after two high school boys were killed following a truck crash involving a semitrailer last week. As reported at WAFF 48 News, two 17-year olds were traveling in a 2002 Chevy Cavalier on rural roads on Tuesday afternoon. At one point the Chevy failed to stop at a stop sign near an intersection where a Peterbuilt logging truck was traveling.
The collision caused extreme damage to the smaller Chevy car. Both teens were wearing their seatbelts, but that protection was still not enough. Each was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency personnel arrived.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. The numbers of teen driving death are startling, with around ten drivers between 16 and 19 years old killed every day in auto accidents. In particular, the most frequent accidents involve teenage males driving with other teenage males in the car-just like in this recent tragic crash. Teens are less experienced behind the wheel and unable to recognize potentially hazardous circumstances.
While teens are more likely to get into accidents, crashes that involve trucks are more likely to cause severe damage to vehicles involved. Obviously the sheer size, weight, and force behind semitrailers make them menacing vehicles on the roadway. Any impact where that force is involved is likely to cause immense damage. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to learn about semi crashes that involve severe injury and death. Be sure to remain extra vigilant when sharing the road with these machines.