Fatal Distracted Driving Truck & Van Accident

August 22, 2014

Rhode Island Truck & Van accidentsIn March, 2010 there was very serious tragic Motor vehicle- truck and van crash which caused 11 fatalities in Kentucky. A semi Truck departed its lane, crossed the median and entered the lanes of travel northbound.

A Van carrying 12 passengers crashed into the tractor as the van crossed the highway DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE VAN.

“The truck traveled across the median and struck and overrode the high-tension median cable barrier adjacent to the left shoulder of northbound I-65. It then crossed the shoulder and entered the lanes of northbound I-65. A 15-passenger van, containing 12 occupants, was traveling northbound in the left lane. As the truck crossed in front of the van, its tractor was struck by the van. As a result of the accident and the truck fire that ensued, the truck driver, the van driver, and nine van passengers died. Two child passengers in the van, were using child restraints, sustained minor injuries”
NTSB report: “Truck‐Tractor Semitrailer Median Crossover Collision With 15‐Passenger Van Munfordville, Kentucky”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made numerous findings concerning the Truck Accident:

The NTSB concluded that weather and the conditions of the highway played no role in this van collision.

There was no medical emergency or medical necessity that was the precipitating cause of the truck going out of control

Mechanical issues or mechanical failure of the truck was not a cause of this trucking crash. There was no defective brakes or tire failure or worn tires.

This was a distracted driving truck-van wreck caused by the negligent trucker utilizing a mobile phone. “Because he was distracted from the driving task by the use of his cellular telephone at the time of the accident, the truck driver did not maintain control of his vehicle…Because changes in driving behavior occur when the cognitive distraction of a cellular telephone conversation diverts attention from driving, use of either a handheld or a hands-free cellular telephone while driving can impair driver performance… The truck driver was fatigued at the time of the accident, which may have contributed to the distraction effects caused by the use of his cellular telephone. Id.

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