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Fatal FedEx crash shows not all truck accidents involve big rigs

Trucks are involved in a large portion of motor vehicle accidents in Missouri and across the country. The size and speed of large semis traveling on America’s highways can turn deadly in collisions. Trucks are known for being unwieldy in heavy traffic and unable to stop quickly. However, it is not only these huge 18-wheelers that people need to be wary of. Smaller commercial trucks, such as delivery trucks and those that people can rent for moving also present dangers on highways and city streets.

An accident that occurred earlier in December illustrated this point. According to authorities, traffic was stopped on Interstate 435 in Kansas City when the driver of a FedEx truck slammed into a pickup truck. Numerous people attempted to assist the commercial driver, who became trapped in his truck after it came to rest against a guardrail. Unfortunately, the truck driver did not survive, although nobody else was seriously injured in the accident, which involved a total of four vehicles. It was unknown whether distraction, fatigue, speed, weather or another factor common in trucking accidents contributed to the crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 117 fatalities involving smaller utility trucks in Missouri last year, a significant number considering that these figures do not involve the victims of large truck crashes. Drivers may reduce their chances of colliding with trucks if they remain aware of their surroundings and drive courteously; however, when it comes to trucking accidents, the responsibility for keeping others safe on the roads falls mainly to truck drivers.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "FedEx Driver Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Kansas City," Dec. 13, 2017

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