You're driving along a Texas interstate with a semi-truck in the lane behind you. After a while, you realize that the truck feels far too close to your back bumper. It makes you a bit nervous. Are you just overreacting because the semi towers over your passenger car, or is there a real danger here?
Drivers often suffer serious injuries or die when their cars are struck by tractor-trailers. While bone fractures or cuts are serious, victims often can recover from them.
A 30-year-old female bicyclist, who'd just set off on her bike after having a lunch date with her husband in Houston's Museum District, was struck and killed by a dump truck on Tuesday, April 24. The woman had apparently just parted ways with her husband, a Rice University employee, moments before the dump truck struck her rear tire as she entered a nearby crosswalk just before noon.
If you've ever seen a tractor-trailer involved in a crash whereby the cab turns in the opposite direction of the trailer in what some would describe as a "V" shape, then you've seen a jackknife accident. These types of incidents are perhaps one of the scariest type of events that can happen to a truck driver.
In the media, there's often a lot of talk about drunk driving. While intoxicated drivers claim thousands of lives across the United States each year, drowsy motorists are becoming increasingly dangerous.
Statistics recently released by the Department of Labor (DOL) found that nearly a half-million tractor-trailer crashes happen each year in the United States. Among those, 140,000 include injuries. At least 5,000 people lose their lives in them. The number of big rig crashes doesn't appear to be on the decline either.
An unidentified passenger, who'd been riding in a Nissan Altima as it was being driven in the southbound direction nearby 9100 Airline Drive, lost their life shortly after midnight on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Many different types of businesses rely on trucks to get their supplies to them and back out the door to customers. In the rush to get products to customers, many companies fail to take time to properly maintain their trucks. It's because of situations like this that accidents occur.
A pickup driver was struck and killed along the Eastex Freeway early in the morning on September 14. The tractor-trailer driver who struck him reportedly said he didn't see the man before running into him.
A female pedestrian was killed early on the morning of Monday, Aug. 14. She was reportedly walking along Gessner Road near its intersection with Bellaire in southwest Houston at the time. As she approached the Gessner's 6800 block, it's then that she was struck by a City of Houston trash truck.