Indianapolis Semi-Truck Accident Likely Speed Related

Speed Likely To Have Caused I-70 Fiery Semi-Truck Crash  

Earlier this month, an I-70 ramp was closed for nearly ten hours when a semi-truck accident prompted officials to take action and keep others motorists safe. Authorities believe the driver may have been speeding and then lost control of his rig and tried to overcorrect too quickly. This caused a skid, followed by the driver smashing into a concrete wall. The truck hit with such force that the concrete moved and threw debris everywhere onto I-70.

The early morning crash was said to be quite a scene. The truck quickly burnt to a shell even though firefighters were working hard to put out the flames that covered the entirety of the eighteen-wheeled vehicle.

Authorities agree, the best way to minimize motor vehicle crashes is for drivers to follow the speed limit and be especially conscious sharing the road with semi-trucks.

Avoid Accidents With Speeding Semi-Trucks

Nearly 4,000 people are killed in semi-truck accidents each year, amounting to eleven deaths a day in the U.S. In addition, there are 100,000 injuries related to truck accidents annually. Avoiding accidents with a speeding semi-truck is crucial to your fate as a safe driver. It is important to be a defensive driver and leave room for a semi-truck to travel around you. These driving tactics can protect you against getting into a tragic accident with these road hogs. Additionally, follow these two easy tips to stay safe.

  1. There is no need to drive too closely. Following any vehicle too closely can be dangerous – but following a semi too closely can be deadly. If the semi driver cannot see you, they may stop too quickly or if they are speeding they may also change lanes rapidly, causing you to have to act quickly and lose control.
  2. Leave room for the semi and drive far ahead or behind. This doesn’t mean you should speed, but if you are directly in front of a semi that you can tell is speeding, make sure you allow them adequate room to maneuver and get out of their way. Semi trucks naturally gain and lose speed when traveling up and down hills. If you are too close in front of them when heading down a hill, they may not be able to slow down quickly enough to keep from rear-ending you. Also make sure the truck is far enough behind you before you cross lanes in front of them.

Indiana Is No Stranger to Truck Accidents 

Frequently listed in the top third of states with regard to the number of semi-truck accidents, Indiana residents are all-too familiar with the risks of these big rigs. Indianapolis is positioned as one of the Midwest’s hubs for commercial travel, with multiple busy interstates converging in and around the city.

If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, the truck accident lawyers at Wagner Reese can assist you with your recovery. In the case of a loved one lost as a result of a truck accident, our expert wrongful death attorneys can help you to understand your rights and options and will fight to get your family the compensation you deserve. If you would like legal advice on your accident, give us a call at 888-710-9377 for a free consultation.