Last month, the driver of a 2002 Hyundai Elantra was fatally injured when he crashed into a semi-truck that had run a stop sign. According to a report by The Daily Standard, the truck driver did not see the stop sign at the intersection of Routes 118 and 29. As the truck driver sped through the intersection, the driver of the Hyundai also entered the intersection, colliding with the semi-truck just behind the truck’s wheels. The car went under the semi-truck and emerged on the other side. As the Hyundai emerged, it crashed into another vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign.The driver of the Hyundai was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicles were uninjured. Police took the truck driver to the hospital where his blood was drawn to test for the presence of alcohol or drugs. Police also suspect that weather may have played a role in the accident, that occurred the day after a snowstorm left over an inch of snow on the ground.
Semi-Truck Drivers and Government Regulations
Semi-trucks are the largest vehicles on the road. Fill a truck up with cargo and it can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because of their size, weight, and inability to quickly maneuver, semi-trucks are some of the most dangerous hazards a driver can encounter on a daily basis.