Even when parked, a semi-truck is still a dangerous vehicle, especially in a rear-end collision. Crashing into a parked truck can easily turn fatal. A man from the Bronx was killed after he crashed into a truck on I-87 near the town of Tuxedo, Patch.com reports.
Police say that the driver of a Dodge Durango lost control of the vehicle sometime around 3:00 a.m. for unknown reasons. He went off the right shoulder and struck the rear end of a tractor-trailer that was parked there. One can suppose that the driver had low visibility and was unable to see the semi-truck.
Emergency responders arrived to provide help but declared the driver dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was uninjured in the crash. Police are still investigating how the car lost control.
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Trucks may park on the sides of shoulders to sleep or eat, but unlike driving into a parked car in a neighborhood, hitting one won’t be a minor fender bender. The mass of tractor-trailers makes their impact unforgettable, like crashing into a building. The trailer part of a tractor-trailer is especially dangerous because of its elevation. In a car with a low center of gravity, the bottom of the trailer can crash directly through the windshield.
When driving, it is prudent and safest to keep your distance from semi-trucks on the road and give them extra space, especially after passing them. You’ll keep yourself and your passengers safe. If you see a truck parked illegally on the shoulder, contact the authorities.