Automobile accidents involving larger vehicles are trucks can be devastating. The mass, speed, and size of larger vehicles increase the severity of collisions, turning crashes into fatal encounters. Many people have a fundamental understanding of the risks associated with driving near larger vehicles, such as semi-trucks, but not many people just how dangerous these crashes have become. According to the statistical analysis organization Policy Advice, truck accidents have increased by 52% since 2009, and 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents include large trucks. A local news article discussed a recent fatal Maryland automobile crash.
According to the news article about the fatal crash, the accident occurred on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, resulting in one dead and nine injured. According to investigators, a white Mercedes SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-270, towards the outer loop of I-495 when it crashed into a Lexus and a Nissan Pathfinder in Montgomery County. In total, five adults in the Lexus were injured and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital while two adults and three children were injured in the Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Nissan, a woman, was transported by an ambulance to a nearby hospital, where she was declared deceased. A 23-year-old man from Macon, Georgia was identified as the alleged wrong-way driver in the white Mercedes SUV. He was arrested with charges pending after initially fleeing the scene after the crash.
What Are Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
Accidents involving trucks, campers, and other large-sized vehicles such as SUVs are more dangerous than other types of collisions for a number of reasons. Trucks, especially very heavy ones such as semi-trucks inherently result in more serious accidents when they are involved in crashes due to their weight, size, and speed. These features similarly make accidents involving SUVs more dangerous, as SUVs tend to be larger than sedans and other standard automobiles. Additionally, the conditions that many truck drivers operate under force them to drive extreme distances, resulting in fatigue. Further, large emergency response trucks, such as fire trucks, are often driving at extremely high speeds and operating under different driving rules than ordinary traffic, creating more opportunities for accidents. Finally, commercial trucks also carry heavy cargo, complicating truck crashes and accidents.