PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – According to Cbs12.com, a truck driver died in a crash on Friday. December 14, 2018, during the morning hours. The truck accident took place on Interstate 95 when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control of the massive vehicle and drifted off the road. The truck hit a support beam that was part of an exit sign. The truck caught on fire.
Police identified the victim as Christopher J. Laser, 32, of Ocala, Florida.
The crash caused the closure of the southbound lanes until about 9:30 in the morning.
Single-vehicle crashes kill a large number of vehicle occupants every year. These crashes are somewhat less likely with large truck occupants than passenger vehicle occupants. Most large truck occupants who are killed in collisions are killed in crashes involving other large trucks. Single-vehicle fatal truck crashes account for 19 percent of all truck occupant deaths.
Trucks are large and extremely heavy. As a result of their immense size, trucks are unwieldy and challenging to maneuver. Trucks are also unable to stop quickly to avoid a crash making trucks potentially risky vehicles. Added to the dangers of truck driving is the long hours that these drivers sit behind the wheel. Truck drivers are legally permitted to drive for stretches of up to 11 hours at a time. Many drivers admit that they violate the law by driving in access of the time limits. The result is that some drivers end up drowsy and fatigued which puts them and others on the road at risk of being involved in collisions. Additionally, when drivers are bored because of long periods of driving, they may be tempted to look at phones or succumb to other forms of distractions.
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