In keeping you updated on the horrific tractor-trailer collision in NE Oklahoma last Friday on the Will Rogers Turnpike, new information has emerged. If you do not recall, the latest death tally from this accident is 10 while a little girl remains hospitilized in critical condition in Kansas City. The Tulsa World is reporting that speed was a critical factor in the accident. Below is a quote contained in the Tulsa World from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers believe a tractor-trailer that was traveling too fast is to blame for a seven-vehicle pileup on the Will Rogers Turnpike that left nine people dead on Friday.
Donald Creed, 76, of Willard, Mo., was driving at an unsafe speed for traffic conditions, according to OHP reports. The speed limit in the area is 75 mph.
We have litigated several accidents where truck drivers were cited for unsafe speed and the reasons behind that unsafe speed were usually drivers being pushed by the Trucking Company to get a delivery on time or various other reasons. Studies continually show that speeding is one of the major causes of trucking accidents.
According to a study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on large truck crashses. Over 23% were the result of a tractor-trailer speeding.
Why is speeding significant. I will save that blog for another day in discussing some biological examples of what happens at faster impacts. Nonetheless, it does not take science for one to understand that the faster a vehicle weighing over 10,000 lbs hits someone, the more deadly the crash may be.