Commercial trucks serve many purposes. Whether it is a semi-truck making a shipment, a delivery truck dropping off a package, a construction truck carrying supplies or a garbage truck picking up waste, these large vehicles share the roads with other automobiles on a daily basis. While these drivers are required to drive safely, following the rules of the road and of the trucking industry, negligence and recklessness can happen. This could be the cause of a serious or even fatal truck crash.
Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are essential for intrastate and interstate commerce to be successful. Thus, many motorists often share the road with many of these vehicles traveling long and short distances. Truck drivers are trained to safely operate these vehicles and to follow federal trucking regulations. Despite this training, truck drivers are compelled to work long hours to make more money and to comply with a trucking companies need to meet deadlines.
Earlier this month Kentucky experienced an unusually severe bout of winter weather. Snow and ice packed streets made driving difficult. However, this does not absolve motorists of their duty to drive with due care. This applies even when driving conditions are poor. The failure to slow down and drive with due care when winter weather strikes could lead to serious accidents.
In the early morning hours of December 19, a semi-truck overturned on Interstate 75 in Lexington causing all southbound lanes of traffic to come to a standstill. The reason for the overturn has not yet been released. During the snare, the driver of a Ford Mustang crashed into another semi-truck that was stalled in traffic. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of that crash is also still under investigation.
Companies in Kentucky and across the nation rely on semi-trucks to transport their goods from one place to another. Because of semi-trucks, and those who drive them, a person in Kentucky can enjoy oranges grown in Florida, for instance, as well as having available to them other goods from all across America. Semi-trucks are an integral part of commerce in the United States.
A person in Lexington who is operating a motor vehicle while distracted is a danger to everyone else on the road. This is especially true of semi-truck drivers, whose massive vehicles can inflict serious damages if involved in a crash. In fact, a 2009 study reports that just over 70 percent of motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks took place when the truck driver was distracted.
Technology is evolving at an impressive rate. Advancements that once seemed to be the stuff of science fiction have now become a part of our everyday lives. This includes advancements in the automotive industry. One of these advancements includes the development of "driverless" vehicles. People in Lexington may wonder whether autonomous semi-trucks in particular are a safer option than traditional vehicles.
It should come as no surprise to anyone in Kentucky that in an accident between a standard automobile and a fully-loaded semi-truck, the automobile does not stand a chance. The sheer physics involved in such crashes mean that many people involved in truck accidents suffer severe injuries, or could even lose their lives.
Kentucky residents who have travelled in Louisville may loath the stretch of interstate known as Spaghetti Junction. In fact, due to the fact that numerous motor vehicle accidents have taken place on Spaghetti Junction, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is examining how safe the roadway is, especially for trucks.
Truck accidents in Kentucky have the potential to be more costly and dangerous than accidents between two passenger vehicles. After all, a standard automobile is simply no match for a fully loaded semi-truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Truck accidents can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.