A woman from Blue Mountain, MS was airlifted to the North Mississippi Medical Center after being involved in a terrible accident that left her with life-threatening injuries. According to police, the terrible accident involved a tractor-trailer colliding with a 1999 Chevy Lumina.
Mississippi Highway Patrol says that the accident occurred on Highway 15 as the couple attempted to turn left onto County Road 142. The couple, Jason Roe and Margaret Medlin, made the turn around 9 a.m. when they were hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The semi, a 2014 Freightliner, was driven by Danny Sanders.
As most drivers in Mississippi already know, commercial vehicle accidents are some of the most dangerous kinds of accidents that can take place on a Mississippi roadway. Accidents involving such large, heavy vehicles frequently end in death or serious injuries for those unlucky enough to encounter the tractor-trailers.
Proof of just how deadly these accidents are can be found in recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation which found that fatalities involving large trucks rose nearly nine percent in 2010. This means that 3,700 people died in truck-related crashes in 2010. Rising truck deaths come despite continued declines in the overall number of highway accidents each year, revealing how dangerous this segment of accidents can be.
The main reason for the deadliness of tractor-trailer accidents is the size and weight of the commercial motor vehicles. Semi trucks are simply so much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles that occupants of normal cars or trucks do not stand a chance in an accident with a tractor-trailer. Some fully loaded commercial vehicles can weigh more than 100,000 pounds, many multiples larger than a typical passenger car.
Though police are still investigating the Blue Mountain crash and have not yet said speeding was a factor, it’s clear that in many cases trucks moving too fast is a common cause of deadly accidents. Drivers of such big rigs have a financial incentive to speed, given that their pay is often tied to delivery times. Moving goods across huge swaths of the country requires that the truckers move fast, sometimes to the determinant of innocent Mississippians. Though trucks are supposed to come equipped with speed regulating technology, such as governors, truly determined truck drivers and truck operators can find ways around these attempts to slow them down.
If you’ve been injured in a Mississippi car accident and have questions, please contact the auto accident lawyers at Stroud, Flechas & Dalton for a free consultation. We guarantee that we will work tirelessly to ensure a favorable resolution to your case.