An early morning tractor-trailer crash took the life of a truck driver on Thursday. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on I-20 East near exit 88. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck ran off of the roadway. The 18-wheeler crashed into a wooded area beside the road, and the vehicle caught fire. Although first responders rushed to the scene, the driver was killed in the crash.
Fatal 18-Wheeler Crash on I-20
Traffic was backed up and rerouted while crews and first responders worked the scene of the crash. Very few details have been released about this apparent one-vehicle wreck, but we do know that the tractor-trailer was hauling a military vehicle at the time of the crash. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the crash, or why the truck left the roadway. This truck crash is likely still under investigation with multiple law enforcement authorities.
The Facts on Truck Accidents in The U.S.
• In 2013, 3,964 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks across the U.S.
• In 2013, an estimated 95,000 people were injured in large truck wrecks.
• 71 percent of people killed in large-truck wrecks were occupants of other vehicles in 2013.
• 79 percent of the fatal wrecks involving large trucks in 2013 happened on weekdays.
• An estimated 342,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013.
Truck Accidents in Jackson
Commercial trucks, weighing up to 80,000 pounds, can inflict a considerable amount of damage in crashes. Under the best circumstances, these vehicles don't exactly stop on a dime. It's critical for drivers and commercial trucking companies to ensure their vehicles are always in compliance with state and federal safety regulations. Equally important are safe driving habits by both commercial drivers and other roadway users. Keeping roads safe is everybody's responsibility. Since these large trucks do have to comply with additional safety regulations, truck accident investigations can take longer than investigations involving only traditional passenger occupant vehicles.
The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their condolences to the deceased truck driver's family members and friends.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.