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I-70 Presents High Risk of Fatal Truck Accidents
By Pyle Law, October 08 2019 6:06 pm
I-70 Presents High Risk of Fatal Truck Accidents

When massive semi-trucks are involved in traffic accidents, the odds that the accident will be fatal go up. The immense size differential between semis and the vehicles we drive leaves us at a far greater risk of suffering life-threatening injuries than truck drivers involved. If you’ve lost a loved one to a trucking accident, you need the experienced legal counsel of a Kansas wrongful death attorney on your side.

I-70: A Dangerous Interstate

According to the National Safety Council, 2018 was the third year in a row that traffic fatalities reached the staggering number of 40,000. According to Geotab, I-70 in Kansas is one of the most dangerous interstates in the nation and the most dangerous in the state. Many people travel I-70 on a regular basis, including many large commercial trucks, as I-70 is a major thoroughfare across the United States.

Truck Accident Statistics

It’s established that truck accidents can be extremely dangerous, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shares several statistics that highlight this point, including:

  • In 2017, commercial trucks were involved in 4,889 traffic fatalities, which represents a 9 percent increase over 2016.
  • Between 2009 and 2017, truck fatalities rose by 40 percent.
  • 27 percent of all fatal truck accidents in 2017 occurred on interstate highways, like I-70 in Kansas.

Truck accidents are often deadly, and I-70 in Kansas is a particularly dangerous interstate. If you’ve lost someone you love to a truck accident, consult with a dedicated wrongful death attorney today. 

Sharing the Road Safely with Semi-Trucks

Deadly truck accidents are on the rise, but there are things you can do to help you share the road with truck drivers more safely, including:

  • Never linger in a truck’s “no-zone” (the truck driver’s massive blind spots on every side of his or her truck). The largest no-zone is on the driver’s right, which makes passing on the right extremely dangerous. When you need to pass a semi-truck, always pass on the left and do so with caution – do not hang out in the no-zone.
  • Remember that trucks, because of their size and weight, require much longer stopping distances. Give yourself plenty of room when you pull in front of an 18-wheeler. 
  • Allow for trucks’ wide turns. Semis are so large that they require a considerable amount of road space to make turns (especially right turns). Keep this in mind when you are considering passing.

If You’ve Lost a Loved One to a Semi Accident, You Need an Experienced McPherson, Kansas, Wrongful Death Attorney 

Truck accidents are often deadly. If you’ve lost a loved one to a truck accident on the dangerous I-70 corridor – or anywhere – our compassionate attorney at Pyle Law in Kansas, is committed to helping you obtain the compensation you need to begin the healing process. Attorney Tom Pyle has the experience, dedication, and skill to aggressively advocate for your rights, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (888) 381-1155 for more information today. 

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