Phoenix, AZ- Most accidents, whether they involve commercial trucks or passenger vehicles, are caused by driver error. Driver error can include a range of behaviors from distracted driving to drunken driving. Traveling or veering out of a lane of travel is a standard driver error seen in commercial trucking accidents and can result in one or more deaths. An Arizona crash, involving a semi-truck and pickup, is a reminder of the risks of drifting or veering out off a lane.
Semi-Truck T-Bones Pickup Truck, Killing Three
Three people died Wednesday, November 29,2017, after the pickup they were traveling in was T-boned by a semi-truck in Maricopa County. The crash happened on S.R. 347 at Casa Blanca Road around 3:30 p.m., azfamily.com reports.
For some unknown reason, the driver of a pickup truck veered out of the southbound lanes of S.R. 347 onto the center median where it rolled over several times before landing upright. Once upright, the pickup entered the northbound lanes and began traveling in reverse. After entering the northbound lanes, the passenger truck was T-boned by a tractor-trailer, according to azfamily.com.
Police identified the deceased occupants of the truck and told reporters they are two men and one woman, all three in their 20s, ABC 15 reports.
A fourth occupant of the pickup was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
The semi driver was not injured, according to ABC 15.
Veering into Oncoming Traffic
There is always a risk of a truck driver or passenger vehicle motorist swerving into oncoming traffic on two-lane roads or highways. The accident discussed above appears to be the fault of the pickup driver, but lane deviations are common among truck drivers too. According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, in 32 percent of commercial trucking accidents, veering out of the travel lane into another lane or off the road is the critical event.
Truck drivers veer into oncoming traffic for the following reasons:
Inattention or distraction
Drowsiness or fatigue
Alcohol- or drug-impaired driving
Call a Truck Accident Lawyer in Phoenix
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