Two Fatalities in a Big Rig Crash on State Route 125 and I-8
Earlier this month, two victims were killed in a crash on the La Mesa freeway in San Diego County. The victims were mother and daughter. A big rig truck collided with their Chevy Aveo on State Route 125 at Interstate 8.
As the driver of the big rig crossed lanes onto the southbound SR-125, she lost control smashing through the metal guardrail on the interstate. The big rig crashed into the concrete divider before crashing into the vehicle.
Another vehicle was hit when the truck driver lost control, a Kia Sorrento with two adults and two kids, aged 4 and 6. The 6-year-old suffered a broken neck and was sent to the hospital where she later recovered. The 4-year-old suffered minor injuries. The adults suffered non-life threatening injuries.
You will see a big rig nearly every time you drive on the highway. Their massive loads occupy most of the lane. Therefore, it’s important to stay cautious around them. Their large bodies and blind spots can cause issues for truck drivers and drivers around them. A big rig alone weighs about 80,000 pounds. Attaching a trailer on the big rig adds an extra 300,000 pounds, making the entire truck about 30 times bigger than a car. There are about 15.5 million trucks in America, 13 percent of those are big-rigs, semis, tractor trailers, and 18 wheelers.
In 2015, there were about 11.2 truck accidents per million people in the United States. That same year, there were 1.13 fatalities from accidents involving large trucks. Nearly all truck accidents result in at least one fatality. About 98 percent of all semi accident results in a fatality. Nearly 130,000 people in America are injured in truck accidents annually.
The top three common causes of truck accidents in San Diego County is improper turning, unsafe lane changes, and driving at unsafe speeds. In most of these truck accidents, the truck driver was at fault.
Frequency of Accidents in San Diego
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Saturday is the most dangerous day to drive, and August is the most dangerous month to drive in San Diego County. Last Saturday, a driver was found dead in a 1999 Toyota Camry in a solo car crash. According to the San Diego Sheriff, the driver struck a light post head on. A police officer discovered the car around 3:30 am at the intersection of North Santa Fe Avenue and Townsite Drive in Vista.
Studies show that the most dangerous times to drive is between three to six in the morning. During these times, drivers are more likely to drive while intoxicated, not wear a seatbelt, or drive over the speed limit.
Accident rates in San Diego have been consistent over the years. In 2013, over 5,200 people within the county were injured or killed in car accidents. About 700 of these accidents involved alcohol and more than 700 were caused by drivers exceeding speed limits.