Tractor-Trailer Driver Killed by Impaired Driver in Fiery I-95 Crash
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 29, 2016 in Car Accidents
A tractor-trailer driver was killed Wednesday night on I-95 after his vehicle was hit by a Mercedes E350, causing a rollover accident that set the vehicle on fire.
The collision that occurred before 7 p.m. left the cab of the tractor-trailer hanging off the shoulder and closed all southbound lanes in the area for almost 11 hours.
According to witnesses, after the crash, the truck veered off the highway and went down an embankment near Underhill Parkway.
The crash caused the Mercedes to hit the concrete barrier of the Saugatuck River Bridge, but there were no reported injuries for the driver.
However, he was charged with driving under the influence after failing a sobriety test. He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
Statistics on Impaired Driving
Impaired driving continues to a major problem on U.S. roadways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people die every day in a crash involving an impaired driver, with one death occurring every 53 minutes.
Nearly 10,000 people were killed in these types of crashes in 2014, making up almost one third of all traffic fatalities that year.
While drunk driving receives a lot of attention, there is increased concern about people driving under the influence of marijuana, as 13 percent of people on the road at night or on weekends have this drug in their systems.
Marijuana users are 25 percent more likely to get into an accident compared to drivers who do not use this drug.
If you or a loved one was severely injured or killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact the skilled car accident lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi today. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical care, pain and suffering, and various other expenses.
We proudly work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not receive compensation unless our clients receive a favorable settlement or verdict.