The aftermath of a truck accident can be catastrophic. When a commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, there is often significant property damage, road closures, extensive cleanup efforts and emergency responders on the scene. This is all in addition to the most devastating damage: the injuries of people involved in the crash.
Many people are aware of how dangerous it can be to get hit by a commercial-sized vehicle. We know that huge semi trucks are heavy and powerful and can cause catastrophic damage in any collision. These vehicles are also difficult to operate and take longer to speed up and slow down. However, a semi truck does not even need to be moving to pose a threat to drivers.
The large semi-trucks and tractor trailers one sees driving through Springfield pose a great enough of a threat in their own. Yet often it's not a collision with one of these massive vehicles that one has to worry about in a truck accident; it's the aftermath of such an event. Often, these vehicles transport hazardous materials, chemicals, or combustibles such as gasoline, each of which has lethal potential should any be lost in a spill. Yet even the trucks themselves pose a risk from the large fuel tanks needed to power these large vehicles. Should one of these tanks rupture during an accident, those in the immediate vicinity could be in grave danger.
Motorists in Illinois farming communities need to be alert not just to other cars or trucks on the road but also to tractors at all times. Similarly, tractor drivers must remain constantly aware of their own safety while operating tractors on local and state roads. Injuries resulting from a tractor accident, tractor trailer accident or tractor-motor vehicle accident can be serious, even deadly.
The exact impact of vehicular speed in crashes varies, based on many factors, but there is nonetheless a connection between higher speeds and more severe accident outcomes, including brain injuries, amputations, and spinal cord injuries. In a truck accident, for example, one reason may be the increased impact that naturally occurs as the rate of movement climbs. Another might be the decreased time for driver response when travelling faster.