Traffic Slows After Truck Crash on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville, Florida (FL)
JACKSONVILLE, FL- News4jax.com writes that a tractor-trailer rolled over on Interstate 95 this week close to J. Turner Butler Boulevard. The semi ended up on its side. Reports state that another truck was nearby in the left-hand lane.*
The incident occurred in the early afternoon, and during the hour following the wreck, only one of the interstate's southbound lanes remained open. The truck was not towed away until the mid-afternoon. No information has been released regarding the cause of the crash.
Large truck crashes are some of the most serious collisions on the road. When it comes to deadly collisions involving trucks, thousands of people are killed annually. Although most traffic accident fatalities are on the decline in recent years, the number of truck crash victims increased by one percent.
It is not entirely clear why more people are dying in truck crashes while other types of crash deaths are dropping. One possible reason is that trucks do not yet have the same technological benefits as do passenger cars. New passenger cars often come with crash avoidance technology, such as blind-spot detections and frontal collision avoidance. These systems are able to prevent many crash from ever occurring.
Trucks would likely benefit from such systems as well. In fact, everyone who shares the road with large trucks would also benefit from trucks having more crash avoidance technology. The majority of victims in large truck crashes are people in passenger vehicles. When looking at deadly crashes between a truck and a car, the victims are people in the car 96 percent of the time.
The drivers operating trucks are also part of the equation. Studies indicate that they are far more likely to be in crashes when they are on the road for more than eight hours at a time. Still, federal regulations allow such motorists to spend eleven hours on the road at a time. This means that drivers are often over-tired.
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