One man is dead and three are injured after a crash involving a tractor-trailer carrying race cars. The crash occurred on Tuesday, March 8, on Interstate 20 in Longview, TX.
The Tractor-Trailer Crash
On Tuesday, March 8, a Honda Passport towing a small trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 20. A tractor-trailer then approached the Honda from behind. According to investigators, the 54-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer failed to control the vehicle’s speed and hit the trailer that was connected to the Honda Passport.
The force of that collision caused the Honda Passport to roll onto its side in the center median of the interstate. The trailer that was attached to the Honda flew into the eastbound lanes. The tractor-trailer also rolled onto its side in the center median and caught on fire.
The 54-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene. There were two other passengers inside the tractor-trailer that were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver of the Honda Passport was also taken to a nearby hospital.
A spokesperson for David Gilliland Racing (DGR) released a statement on the team’s website that confirmed that the tractor-trailer driven by the deceased was carrying race cars for the ARCA Menards Series event at Phoenix Raceway later in the week.
The Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Crashes
Crashes involving tractor-trailers can be especially dangerous due to the size of the vehicles involved. The damage to each vehicle can be greater, along with the severity of the victim’s injuries. Although there are many factors that play into tractor-trailer crashes, common causes include:
- Driver error— Driver error includes failure to check blind spots, improper signaling, driver confusion, and lack of awareness on the road.
- Speeding— When a tractor-trailer drives over the speed limit, it can make it difficult for the driver to stop the vehicle when sudden changes in traffic occur.
- Driver fatigue— Truck drivers often push their limits on the amount of sleep they get before heading back on the road. This makes it difficult for truck drivers to stay fully alert when behind the wheel.
- Distracted driving— Distractions such as cellphones, GPS systems, food, and drinks can all take a driver’s attention away from the road.
- Driving under the influence— Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can greatly inhibit a driver’s judgment.
- Mechanical failures— If vehicle maintenance is not kept up with, mechanical failures can cause the vehicle to malfunction on the road.
- Dangerous road conditions— Snow, ice, rain, and fog can all create dangerous road conditions and make it difficult for tractor-trailers to stay safely on the road.
While the causes of tractor-trailer crashes may vary, all drivers on the road have a responsibility to drive safely and cautiously. Drivers often get in the habit of speeding or allowing distractions to take their focus off the road. However, if every driver gave their entire focus to the road, the number of crashes could greatly decrease.
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