JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX)-Last Monday, KMOX told you that the number of people dying on Missouri roadways is increasing for the first time since 2005, now there’s word that the number of people dying in accidents involving tractor trailers is also on the rise.
The Highway Patrol reports that 120 people were killed in accidents involving big rigs last year, compared to 105 in 2010.
Captain Tim Hull says the increasing number of deaths are happening despite a slight reduction in the number of accidents, “Sometimes that happens because you have accidents where you have multiple people killed in one accident. Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with a vehicle that weighs 80,000 pounds that happens on occasion.”
Hull says investigations show that in most cases accidents involving tractor trailers are not the fault of the truck’s driver, but of the driver of the passenger vehicle, “You get in their blind sport. They can’t stop on a dime or as short as a car can so they have to be aware of where they’re at and whether or not that driver can see them and how much distance they’re going to leave between them and the vehicle in front of them.”