- A deadly crash between a passenger car and a semi-truck recently took the life of a young driver in northwest Indiana, adding to the 4,000 people who are killed in semi-truck accidents each year in the U.S.
- Most of these accidents are created by mistakes made by the passenger vehicle’s driver and include distracted driving, driving while drowsy, following too closely, or not following speed limits.
- Whatever the cause, when a passenger vehicle collides with these large and heavy trucks, the people inside often face life-long injuries, emotional and financial strains, or even death.
- Understanding the most common causes of trucking accidents can help all road users be responsible, alert, and hopefully help prevent them.
Young Driver Dies in Rear-End Crash with Semi-truck in Northwest Indiana
The car accident team at Wagner Reese is saddened to read the news of a young driver who died from injuries sustained in a recent crash with a semi-truck in northwest Indiana. Accident reports from Indiana State Police say the 22-year-old man from Crown Point, Indiana, was driving east about 4:40 a.m. when he crashed into the back of the semi-truck on Interstate 80/94 near Calumet Avenue in Hammond. The man had to be extricated from his vehicle before he was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with multiple life-threatening injuries. He died at the hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the next day. Reports say the 33-year-old driver of the truck wasn’t injured and it remains unclear what caused the driver to crash into the back of the truck.
Nearly 75% of Passenger Car Drivers are at Fault for Causing Semi-truck Accidents
Drivers of any vehicle may feel uneasy sharing the road with big trucks and semi-trailers, but accidents between passenger cars and semi-trucks are unfortunately most common. More alarming may be that passenger car driver error is typically at fault for up to 75 percent of these accidents. The team at Wagner Reese would like to help those drivers and invite them to review a few simple driving tactics that we feel could protect you against facing a tragic accident with these big rigs.
- There is no need to drive too closely. Following any vehicle too closely can be dangerous – but following a large truck or bus too closely can be deadly. Also, make sure the truck is far enough behind you before you cross lanes in front of them.
- Leave room for bigger vehicles to drive far ahead or behind. This doesn’t mean you should speed, but if you are directly in front of a semi, make sure you allow them adequate room to maneuver and get out of their way.
- Never drive distracted by your phone or others, avoid being drowsy or impaired by alcohol or drugs, and always wear your safety belt.
Lastly, truck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers need to be respectful of each other, follow road safety rules closely, and just simply learn to operate their vehicles with good driver behaviors.
Involved in a Crash with a Semi-Truck?
If tragedy strikes and you are involved in a crash with a semi-truck, the team at Wagner Reese can assist. 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, call us today at 888-710-9377 to schedule a free consultation or speak with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information.