Although it may be hard to believe, many tractor-trailers that you'll notice driving alongside you on the highway or city streets weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This is significantly more than the average passenger car. The latter weighs around 3,000 pounds. The sheer difference in size is one of the reasons that crashes between passenger cars and trucks often leave the motorists involved in them with catastrophic injuries or worse.
South Dakota is a well-populated state, so it is no surprise that there are many vehicles of different kinds out on the roads. If one thing goes wrong with any of those vehicles, the result can be a motorcycle accident, a car accident or a truck accident. Sometimes, it can even be a combination of all three. However, South Dakota also has an agricultural sector, and that means that vehicles like tractors can be involved in accidents too.
The middle of summer sees cars and trucks going to many different destinations on South Dakota roads. Most of them, one hopes, pay attention to all of the things that can keep themselves and others safe on the roads, like adhering to speed limits and watching where they're going, However, some drivers are not careful, and car accidents and truck accidents result.
Any automotive accident that South Dakota residents are in is unfortunate and can result in both personal injuries and damages to property, including to the vehicles involved in the accident. Truck accidents, due to the sheer size, weight, and power of the vehicles involved, can be devastating to people and property.
A recent Vermillion High School (VHS) graduate, another area resident and a 3-year-old were seriously injured when their vehicle was struck by a semi-truck on the afternoon of May 13. The incident occurred along Highway 50 just outside of Gayville, a city that's located 68 miles to the southeast of Sioux Falls.