Three Dead After Tractor-Trailer Crash in La Porte County on Friday
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Mar 21, 2017 in Truck Accidents
Three people were killed on Friday morning when their car collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 20 near County Road 300 East. This is the second accident on U.S. 20 in the last two months in which three people were killed, according to the La Porte County Sheriff's Office.
The truck accident occurred one mile west of Rolling Prairie, Ind. An eastbound tractor-trailer collided head-on with a westbound car, killing all three people in the car. The driver of the semi-truck did not suffer any injuries.
Temperatures at the time of the crash were close to freezing and there was freezing rain and sleet. However, investigators have not determined if this was a factor in the crash.
The La Porte County coroner is attempting to identify the victims to notify their families.
Authorities closed U.S. 20 between State Road 39 and State Road 2 for several hours while investigating the crash.
This accident occurred just three miles east of a three-fatality accident that happened on Jan. 17, on U.S. 20. There was also a two-fatality crash on Jan. 16, on U.S. 20.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
While the cause of Friday morning's accident is still under investigation, many truck accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver. This includes:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Driving recklessly with inclement weather
- Failing to properly maintain the truck, including tires and engine parts
- Drowsy driving
These forms of negligence are dangerous in any type of traffic accident, but particularly truck accidents because these vehicles are so large and it takes longer for drivers to slow down and correct mistakes.
Large trucks caused almost 3,500 fatal crashes and more than 400,000 injury crashes in 2014 alone, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Victims of these crashes and their families may be entitled to fair compensation for the damages they have suffered.
The personal injury attorneys at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak have the experience and breadth of legal knowledge to give you a good chance to recover the compensation you deserve.
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