Missouri truck drivers may want to exercise more caution when they are on the road. The number of trucks involved in fatal and injury accidents is on the rise, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that there were 89 large trucks involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in Missouri in 2012. These crashes constituted 8 percent of the total fatal vehicle crashes that occurred in the state that year. Nationwide, 2012 reportedly saw a 4 percent increase in fatal large truck crashes from 2011.
Three tractor-trailers and one SUV were involved in an accident in Wright City on Sept. 22, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The Interstate 70 crash occurred at about 5:05 a.m.
Emergency crews responded to a Jefferson County accident that left a 56-year-old man dead and a 57-year-old man injured, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. The June 19 incident reportedly occurred on northbound Interstate 55 and involved two trucks.
While the use of trucks to transport goods from one location to another undeniably makes life easier for most residents of the St. Louis, Missouri area, their use is not without some risk. Motor vehicles involving trucks often result in catastrophic injuries to individuals occupying smaller automobiles. It is possible that the occupants of a truck could be seriously hurt as well. According to the Department of Transportation, approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur each year. While there are multiple reasons why something like this could occur, the speed of a truck is often to blame. Because of this efforts are regularly made on multiple fronts to make truck driving on roads throughout the nation.
There is no question that tractor trailers play an important role in today’s society. They transport goods used by individuals throughout the nation, including Saint Louis, Missouri, from one coast to another in a matter of several days. The transportation of those goods is dependent upon the drivers of those trucks. Because they spend so much time on the road, the actions those drivers take can greatly impact others on the road.
Recently, a fatal truck accident occurred in another state.