Mexico is a city that is often plagued by heavy vehicle accidents. Yet another one has occurred which resulted in 22 fatalities. The crash involved a tanker vehicle carrying liquefied petroleum gas which broke through a guard rail and fell into a neighbourhood of homes. Approximately 45 homes and 180 people were affected by the crash and explosion.
The tragic incident is a reminder of what can happen when heavy vehicles lose control. In addition to 22 people losing their lives, 32 being hospitalised, 16 vehicles and many homes were also destroyed. Read what this post on http://online.wsj.com reported about the incident:
MEXICO CITY–Mexican authorities said Wednesday that 22 people had died and 32 were hospitalized after a cargo truck carrying liquefied natural gas crashed into a guardrail on a highway just north of Mexico City a day earlier, and part of the truck’s cargo exploded in a poor neighbourhood just below the highway.
Authorities in the State of Mexico, a densely populated Mexico City suburb, said the initial death toll estimate had risen to 22 from 20, and that 20 homes and 16 vehicles were destroyed or damaged after a tank of LNG being transported by the truck crashed down on homes in the San Pedro Xalostoc neighborhood and ignited.
The state’s Citizen Security Ministry said that five of the 32 people hospitalized had been released.
The driver of the cargo truck was lucky enough to survive the accident however he was placed under arrest while recovering in hospital.
Mexican authorities say the details of the accident are still unclear but it appears that the truck was travelling south toward Mexico City when it broke through a highway divider and crashed into a guardrail just above the neighbourhood where the tank exploded.
Accidents such as this one are examples of what can happen when truckies lose control of their vehicles.
Truck drivers have many conflicting obligations. They are trying to earn a living in a high-pressure line of work and this sometimes causes them to take shortcuts, shortcuts which can result in serious consequences.
Whether they feel pressured to take a truck they know is unsafe, or speed to make it through a demanding route on time, negligence can contribute to serious trucking crashes.
A driver should always put safety first because the consequences for not doing so could be way more serious and life threatening.
These are the main reasons why drivers may lose control, being aware of them will help drivers avoid dangerous habits which may contribute to a crash:
- Speeding: One of the main causes of truck driver instigated accidents is unsafe speeds at which trucks are traveling the highways.
- Drug Use: Both illicit and prescription drugs can result in drivers losing control and having an accident. Drugs negatively impact driver safety and reaction time behind the wheel. Many drivers actually use drugs to fight fatigue it can actually end up having an adverse effect and especially prescription drugs may cause drowsiness or fatigue in drivers which as we know can be deadly.
- Fatigue: Truck drivers are on the road a lot and often drive long hours to meet delivery schedules causing episodes of inattention and severe fatigue or incidents of falling asleep at the wheel.
- Disregard of Safety and Training: While truck drivers are intensively trained to manoeuver their vehicles, many forget basic training procedures when on the road. Forgetting the basic elements of safety like checking mirrors and using proper signals lead to many vehicle accidents.
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents and affects not only truckies but light motor vehicle drivers as well. With phone, web, and texting technology accessible on the road, many drivers cause accidents when they are otherwise distracted.
Overloading: The vehicle will be less stable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop. Overloaded vehicles can cause the tyres to overheat and wear rapidly which increases the chance of premature, dangerous and expensive failure or blow-outs. The overloaded vehicle cannot accelerate as normal – making it difficult to overtake making the risk of an accident greater.