Collisions with other vehicles can cause fatalities in truck accidents, but sometimes it is only the truck occupants who suffer harm as a result. Early on a recent Saturday morning, a 29-year-old delivery truck driver in Salem, Oregon, reportedly crashed his vehicle into a utility pole. Not only did he lose his life as a result of the collision, but his 17-year-old niece, who was riding with him as a passenger, died as well.
Driving a truck for a living can prove lonely and, in some cases, quite boring, and in some cases, this can make those who drive semi-trucks for a living more likely to engage in certain dangerous behaviors on the job. Substance abuse, in particular, is a problem that continues to plague the trucking industry and endanger all Oregon residents, with truck drivers who use alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel posing a substantial threat to all motorists.
Oregon's scenic, winding roads provide a beautiful commute. However, they can also prove dangerous--especially if you are sharing them with commercial trucks. Commercial trucks, even when driven by responsible truckers, can cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles in an accident. Although fatal truck accidents are rare, a study shows that truck-related deaths have increased dramatically over the past decade.