GPS Devices Guiding Truck Drivers into Overpass Collisions

Satellite-based navigation systems may lead to overpass collisions. Our truck accident lawyers are warning truck drivers that trucks crash into New York overpasses at least 200 times a year. Global positioning systems played a role in a majority of these accidents.

According to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, GPS systems often lead truck drivers onto the parkways, causing them to crash into overpasses that are below 7 feet. Part of the problem is that GPS devices can’t tell the difference between trucks and cars, so they can’t provide truck drivers with a warning that tall vehicles are prohibited on certain roads.

The Senator is calling for new rules to avoid such accidents. In New York City alone, there were 146 overpass crashes from early 2010 to August 2012. These accidents resulted in severe injuries and devastation of infrastructure costing millions of dollars.

There are 12 parkways in the city, along with 10 in the Hudson Valley and 11 on Long Island, that have clearly marked height restrictions prohibiting trucks. However, truck drivers increasingly fail to spot these signs because they are relying on GPS devices.

In related news, CNN reported the death of at least 14 people after a pickup truck ran off a highway in Texas. The pickup truck was packed with close to two dozen people at the time of the wreck. Nine were injured in the accident. Troopers revealed that at least two of those killed were children.

It is suspected that there were illegal immigrants in the pickup truck involved in the crash. However, the accident must have been one of the worst of its kind, whoever the passengers were. A trooper stated that the crash was one of the most terrible fatalities that he had been to and that he had never seen one involving that many passengers in a vehicle.

There was uncertainty over how the truck deviated from the highway. There was no proof of alcohol at the scene and the weather was clear and dry at the time of the incident.

A more recent news item pertains to injury to a commercial truck driver after he lost control of the vehicle along a highway in Oregon. The truck was towing a 53-foot semi-trailer at the time of the crash. The scene of the wreck partially obstructed the eastbound lanes for approximately three hours before the overturned trailer and truck could be taken away. There were approximately 15,000 pounds of hamburger in the semi-trailer.

A one-vehicle accident in Atlanta, Georgia involving a pickup truck killed one person and seriously injured another. The accident happened after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck crashed into the retaining wall of a store’s parking lot, hitting and killing a 59-year-old man who unfortunately happened to be in its path. Police said that the driver suffered a medical issue when the vehicle went out of control.

Another truck accident took place in Texas and involved a heavy truck. This accident too blocked traffic. In addition, investigators thought that this accident may have triggered other accidents.

As per information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of fatalities in large truck crashes in 2009 was only 3163. However, the number of fatalities in 2010 was 3413, an increase of more than 200.

If someone close to you was injured or died in a truck accident, an auto accident attorney can evaluate your potential claim and get you the compensation that you deserve.


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