Trucks pose a risk to every other vehicle on the road. In 2011, there were nearly 14,000 large truck collisions in Indiana, with 143 fatal collisions. One of the biggest hotspots for trucking accidents is the Borman Expressway. Indeed, a crash on the Borman Expressway involving a car and a semi-truck resulted in one fatality in early February.
Here is what you need to know about the Borman Expressway and how to stay safe:
- Dangerous trucking congestion — The more trucks on a road, the more dangerous it becomes. The Borman Expressway has a continual congestion of large trucks, tractor-trailers and semis because it is a free alternative to the Chicago Skyway and the Indiana Toll Road. This creates a danger to smaller vehicles on the road for the following reasons:
- Trucks have a large amount of mass, and therefore cause greater damage in a collision with a smaller personal vehicle.
- Trucks are larger than smaller personal vehicles and cause visual obstructions on the roadway.
- Trucks have “blind spots” that can cause deadly collisions.
- Unsafe trucking practices— Truck drivers on the Borman Expressway have a reputation for unsafe driving practices. This includes common instances of the following:
- Aggressive driving
- Safety tips — Motorists need to exercise extra caution when driving on major trucking thoroughfares, such as the Borman Expressway. Safety tips include:
- Make sure you can always see a large truck’s side mirrors so you know the driver can see you.
- Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the large truck.
- Do not cut off a large truck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident on the Borman Expressway, consider speaking to an Indiana truck accident attorney. Our skilled attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve following a crash.