Crashes involving semis, other commercial vehicles on the rise

3 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 19 2017 Apr 19, 2017 Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:32:00 PM CDT April 19, 2017 in News
By: Erin Reynolds, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is urging motorists to drive with caution after an increase in fatalities involving semis, delivery trucks, trucks with trailers and other types of commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

The number of fatalities has gradually increased from 84 in 2013 to a preliminary 119 in 2016.

MoDOT officials said one potential reason behind the rising fatalities is an increase in the number of miles vehicles are traveling.

“As you have more cars on the highway, there’s more of that chance of being involved in a crash,” said CMV Program Manager Angie Hoecker.

She said, in 65 percent of the accidents, the drivers of the commercial motor vehicles were not at fault. She said other motorists should be mindful when commercial motor vehicles are around.

“First and foremost, is just to pay attention. Put the phone down, buckle up and stay and stay out of the “no zone” of the truck. If you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you,” Hoecker said.

MoDOT will bring back its Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness campaign. It will remind Missouri motorists to drive safely around the commercial motor vehicles. It will also remind CMV drivers to obey speed limits and avoid distractions.

Highway Safety Program Manager Scott Jones is hoping the trend is moving in the other direction. He said the number of CMV-related fatalities so far this year is down 8 percent compared to the same period last year. But, peak summer driving season is still ahead.

“Right now it’s promising, but it’s still early,” Jones said.

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