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A recent tragedy highlights the dangers of truck collisions

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Any motor vehicle collision that involves an 18-wheeler will almost always result in heavy damage. Whether it is property damage to the car or catastrophic injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle, a truck collision generally means devastating consequences. Unfortunately, a recent collision claimed the lives of six teenagers in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

The six females, ages ranging from 15 to 17, were taking an off-campus lunch break when an 18-wheeler struck the smaller car. The passenger vehicle was attempting to make a left turn onto U.S. Route 377 when the collision occurred. Four teens were pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

The violence of a truck collision

Due to their size and speed, a large truck can often demolish smaller vehicles in any type of collision. Whether they are 18-wheelers, construction vehicles or delivery trucks, these immense motor vehicles often lack the stopping power and maneuverability to avoid a collision. These collisions can result in broken bones, head trauma, brain damage, amputation, spinal cord damage or paralysis. In severe instances, a collision with a semi-truck can result in vehicle occupant fatality.

While stopping distance is a main factor, the significance lies in the size difference. An 18-wheeler can weigh around 80,000 pounds compared to a passenger car that weighs around 5,000 pounds. This disparity in weight coupled with the speeds at which the vehicles travel can result in devastating, fatal collisions.

It is wise for drivers to avoid distractions and remain aware of their road environment. From city streets and county roads to highways and turnpikes, drivers must use caution around both trucks and other passenger vehicles to avoid serious collisions.