Crash on Interstate 95 Kills Tractor-Trailer Driver
LIBERTY COUNTY, GA- Wtoc.com writes that a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 left one person dead this week in Liberty County. The victim was identified as a 58-year-old man. The truck reportedly caught fire after the late evening collision.*
The truck was transporting beer bottles at the time of the wreck. Firefighters worked at the scene to extinguish the flames but were unable to save the driver.
Large trucks are involved in thousands of deadly collisions in the United States each year. These massive vehicles present a number of risks that are different than those posed by smaller vehicles. Because they weigh between twenty and 30 times what the average passenger car weighs, a crash between these vehicles will leave people in the smaller automobile less at risk.
The fact that trucks are also taller creates another danger because cars and SUVs can become wedged beneath the trailers in often fatal underriding wrecks.
Drivers who are operating these massive vehicles are likely on the road for extensive amounts of time. The federal law states that a trucker can operate for up to eleven hours in one stretch. However, studies have indicated that drivers often violate these laws and remain on the road for additional hours.
In 2018, 4,136 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. Only sixteen percent of those individuals were people in the large trucks at the time. The most common victim in a deadly large truck crash is a person who was traveling in a smaller vehicle.
If a truck driver is killed in a multiple-vehicle wreck, the crash typically involved more than one large truck.
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