Big Rig Accidents in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States with just slightly more than 1,000 square miles. From north to south spans 48 miles and from east to west 37 miles. There are relatively few highways or major roadways in the state. In 2015, there was a total of 45 people killed due to traffic-related crashes in Rhode Island. 38% of deaths occurred to occupants of cars, 20% SUVs, 20% motorcyclists and 18% pedestrians. 60% of fatal crashes were single-vehicle, and 40% were multiple vehicles. In 2015, one large truck occupant was killed on the roadway, representing 2% of deaths.
Large Truck Fatal Crashes
Because of its small size and population, the number of fatalities on the roads is low. There is data from the last 6 years that can be reviewed to evaluate deadly truck collisions.
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Although the number of deaths is low, any increase can be substantial. For instance, fatal crashes tripled from 2011 to 2012. The data used is from the most current available report.
Semi-truck accidents, like other crashes, often have some factors that cause or contribute to them. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, LTCCS, reviewed big rig accidents to determine some of the common causes. Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions is a leading reason for crashes. Others include distracted driving, following too closely, failure to yield, improper lane changes and turns and failure to obey a traffic signal.
Of these, distracted driving is one of the most serious. Distracted driving consists of many activities such as texting, using an electronic device, eating or drinking and talking to passengers. Anything that causes a driver to take his eyes off the road or stop paying attention is inattention.
Drowsy driving is also a factor in some 18 wheeler accidents. Truck drivers may travel long distances without getting enough rest. This can cause them to become fatigued or even nod off while behind the wheel. The LTCCS found that 13% of truck drivers reported being tired after having been in a crash.
Carrying hazardous loads can make an accident more serious. Some dangerous materials include flammable gas, explosives, and corrosives. These substances can act as accelerants or can cause health dangers when they are emptied on the road due to a collision. Additionally, others are in danger when a spill happens.