One Killed, Two Injured in I-85 Truck Crash
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Sep 11, 2015 in Truck Accidents
Early morning on Sept. 8, 2015, the driver of a tractor-trailer died after his truck hit the back of a garbage truck that was parked on the side of Interstate 85 in Anderson County.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 5 a.m. one mile north of Exit 35 just before Highway 86. The truck was traveling south on I-85 when it was unable to stop and hit the garbage truck stopped on the edge of the highway.
The truck driver died on impact and the driver of the garbage truck and a passenger in the vehicle where taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. A third vehicle was also struck by debris from the accident, but no injuries were reported.
The Dangers of Semi-Trucks
Due to the sheer weight and size of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, the injuries that often result from accidents are almost always catastrophic and often end in death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of deaths from truck accidents have been steadily increasing since 2009.
One of the greatest risks of large trucks is their poor maneuverability and inability to quickly stop when an obstruction is in the road or when a vehicle traveling ahead of it abruptly slows to a stop. If you are traveling on the highway in front of or near a semi-truck, make sure you do not cut them off and always leave enough room for them to stop.
Large trucks also have significant blind spots in which smaller vehicles can easily get lost. If the truck decides to turn or change lanes with a smaller car hidden in its blind spot, there is a greater chance for an accident.
The South Carolina truck accident attorneys at Harbin & Burnett have seen first-hand the devastation that tractor-trailer accidents can have. If you are injured, do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation. We can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.