February 27, 2014
According to the the U.S. Department of Transportation, one in every 10 deaths in highway accidents involves a tractor trailer. In 2012, more than 3,000 people died in tractor trailer accidents, more than half of whom were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. In the winter season, cold weather often contributes to tractor trailer accidents. Considering that a an 18-wheeler truck often weighs 20-30 times more than the average passenger vehicle, braking is far more difficult in icy or rainy weather. If a driver is fatigued, is inattentive, or the brakes have not been adequately maintained, the potential for accidents increases exponentially.