A fatal semi truck accident in Mesquite ended in a roaring blaze that required the help of several fire companies to extinguish, according to recent reports. A Pennsylvania man, Harry Molchen, 77, was a passenger in a Jaguar that collided with a semi trailer near the Mesquite exit of Interstate 15. Mr. Molchen died at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured. The driver of the Jaguar was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.
Authorities say that the female driver swerved into the center median and onto the southbound side of the interstate. The semi driver steered right to avoid a collision and the Jaguar’s passenger side struck the front of the semi. The Jaguar ended up on the southbound side straddling the median and the travel lane. The semi stopped on the right side of the road where it then caught fire. Mesa Fire, Beaver Dam and Bunkerville units all responded to the scene to help put out the blaze, which quickly spread out to about 200 feet of brush around the tractor-trailer.
Semi Truck Accidents: Deadly for Passenger Vehicles
While accidents involving semi trucks are not as common as those involving passenger vehicles, they are usually far more deadly, especially for the occupants of smaller trucks and cars. Semi tractor trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds fully loaded, making them up to 40 times heavier than the average small car.
The sheer size of semi trucks is one reason passenger vehicle occupants are at particular risk in these collisions. Statistics show that about 10 percent of the half-million trucking accidents per year end in a fatality. About one out of every eight fatal collisions involves a large truck. Approximately 98 percent of all fatalities in these crashes is a person in a passenger vehicle, not in the semi.
Most truck accidents occur in rural areas as opposed to urban areas. This may be because large trucks are prohibited in many cities; it may also be because fatal truck accidents are more likely to occur at high speeds, such as on interstates in open areas.
The most important thing to remember if you are involved in a truck accident is that you may need help recovering compensation for your injuries. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We can help you stand up for your rights and ensure that the trucking company or its insurance company treats you with the respect you deserve.