On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, gusty winds up to 27 miles per hour caused the crash of a commercial vehicle hauling a mobile home on U.S. Highway 93 near Twin Falls. The trailer with the mobile home dislodged from the Volvo commercial truck as the driver came around a curve near milepost 43. The trailer dumped the mobile home which tipped over and skidded across the two northbound lanes of the highway. The truck driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash.
ISP closed the two northbound lanes as wrecking crews worked to the clear the scene. The highway remained closed for approximately four hours to protect other motorists from the crash area.
Then on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at approximately 5 am, ISP investigated another commercial vehicle crash involving two vehicles on I-84 close to Bliss at milepost 142. A 2009 Freightliner hauling a box trailer was driving eastbound while another commercial truck heading in the same direction jackknifed in the lane of travel causing the two vehicles to collide. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The crash caused the lanes of travel on I-84 to be blocked for approximately three hours resulting in significant delays.
ITD statistics show that in 2015, 4,838 people were involved in crashes with commercial motor vehicles. Thousands of commercial vehicles travel on Idaho’s roadways each day. Often times, drivers are tired, distracted, rushed and under pressure to meet delivery and production schedules which puts Idaho motorists at risk for injuries and/or death in crashes. Accidents can also happen when trucks are hauling improperly loaded freight or are overloaded to cut costs.
The personal injury team at Racine Olson has experience in handling crashes involving commercial vehicles. If you have been injured or have experienced the loss of a loved one as a result of the negligence of a commercial trucking company, call us today at: 208-232-6101. The consultation is free.
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