Most residents in California are probably aware of the fact that accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles can be extremely serious and, often, fatal. Being hit by a vehicle many times larger and heavier than a standard passenger vehicle puts the occupants of the car at risk of fatal or potentially lifelong injuries.
The recent crash reported by CNN on Interstate 70 in Colorado involving 24 vehicles that claimed multiple lives is just one example of how tragic a single truck accident can be. Some people might think this is an extreme example and it certainly is more severe than many wrecks. However, that does not diminish the importance of truck drivers and trucking companies taking safety seriously.
According to the Sierra Sun, two accidents took place along Interstate 80 in Northern California that, like the Colorado crash, show the potential for permanent repercussions for those involved.
In one accident, a mechanical failure led to a fiery crash that closed the entire freeway for four hours. Brakes and other equipment on tractor-trailers should be properly maintained and repaired so that such failures do not occur. This is just one of the responsibilities that the commercial trucking industry must meet. Another crash happened the very next day that sent fuel spilling all over the interstate. Fortunately, there were no reported fatalities from these incidents.
The bottom line is that truck collisions occur all too frequently and drivers of passenger cars need to be vigilant to the risks posed by the trucking industry.