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Truck Driver Dies in Tragic Crash in Blount County, Alabama on Highway 79

January 23, 2020

BLOUNT COUNTY, AL- writes that a fatal single-vehicle collision took place in Blount County earlier this week. Police identified the victim as a 47-year-old man. The incident occurred when the Mack tanker truck he was operating left the roadway and turned over. A passenger traveling in the vehicle sustained injuries as well.*

The tanker was transporting hazardous materials, and responders shut the road down in order to clear the scene. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), automobile-related deaths dropped in 2018. The Administration believes that the decline is thanks to improving crash prevention technology. Newer vehicles have systems that help alert drivers of emergencies or maintain their lanes, thereby reducing the risk of deadly crashes. 

While the signs of lowering traffic fatalities are encouraging, they are not occurring in every category of crashes. When it comes to large truck crashes, more fatal accidents occurred in 2018 than in 2017. Technology that is working to prevent accidents in passenger cars might help trucks in the near future as well, but currently, there is no indication that this is happening. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) writes that 45 percent of deadly large truck crashes involved vehicles rolling over. While SUVs and pickup trucks are known for presenting rollover risks, the percent of occupant fatalities for these classes of vehicles that involved rollovers was smaller than that of large trucks. Most large truck deaths occur in single-vehicle accidents. While about 45 percent of passenger vehicle car crash victims die in single-vehicle accidents, 59 percent of large truck victims die in collisions in which their vehicles are the only ones involved. 

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