We’re all aware of the serious destruction accidents involving large commercial trucks can cause. Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and the like are enormous vehicles that often carry heavy cargo. When they collide with automobiles, motorcycles or even other trucks, drivers and passengers can suffer catastrophic injuries, totaled cars and even wrongful death.
Interstate 65, a highway that traverses Indiana from the northwest corner to the southeast corner, has seen an alarming rise in truck-related fatalities this year. In fact, during just the first nine months of 2013, there were triple the fatalities on this highway than there were in each of the 2012 and 2011 calendar years. Police officers, civil engineers and community members have all weighed in on the factors they believe are affecting these disturbing developments. Many interviewees agreed that distracted driving, particularly as a result of mobile phone use, is a primary contributor to the increase in semitrailer-related deaths.
Congestion and road conditions lead to more I-65 truck accident fatalities
I-65 is also one of the most-traveled highways in the state. In 2011, Indiana’s Department of Transportation reported the following numbers of daily commuters that travel the Interstate, by county:
- 39,700 vehicles in Tippecanoe County
- 33.900 vehicles in Jasper County
- 33,800 vehicles in White County
- 36,800 vehicles in Clinton County
- 51,300 vehicles in Boone County
The increasing number of travelers causes the roads to deteriorate more quickly and affects driving patterns. For example, one commuter expressed his frustration with trucks taking up two lanes at once or using the passing lane to remain on adequate pavement. A civil engineer further noted that when roads require repair work, lanes close down, which can actually lead to further chaos and more accidents.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck crash on I-65 or elsewhere in Indiana, consult a lawyer to start seeking due compensation.