The New Mexico State Police have confirmed one fatality in a wreck involving three semi trucks on I-40 near Grants. Traffic is being diverted from the area.
Common Causes for 18-wheeler Accidents:
-Failure to inspect brakes or equipment
-Improper training and supervision
-Violation of Hours of Service Requirements
-Alcohol and drug violations
-Cell phone use
According to the US Department of Transportation:
-There are roughly 500,000 trucking accidents every year in the United States.
About 5,000 of these accidents result in a fatality.
-Truck accidents cause roughly 130,000 injuries every year across the country.
–98 percent of all fatalities in 18-wheeler accidents occur to the driver or another individual in the passenger vehicle.
-The average cost of a commercial truck wreck is $59,150.
-There are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs for every 100 million miles driven on U.S. roadways.