Passenger cars do not fare well against semi trucks. In a collision between the two, the truck is nearly always going to come out ahead, and the driver of the passenger car, if not killed, will more often than not be injured — often severely. It isn’t just that semi trucks are bigger, they’re an entire order of magnitude bigger, weighing tons more, and hauling tons of freight besides.
When a semi truck traveling northbound on Michigan’s US-23 crashed into the passenger car of a 22 year old man from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the man was killed — probably instantly. According to Ann Arbor township Fire Officials, the truck struck the side of the car while heading northbound on the highway, smashing the smaller vehicle off the road. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by rescue workers.
According to investigators, the driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt, and was not injured in the crash. They have not been able to determine if the driver of the car was wearing his belt at the time, due to the extreme damage to the car. Alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the collision regarding either party. Road conditions are suspected to have been involved, but investigators had not confirmed whether that was the case at the time of the accident.
The accident took place around 2:45 am local time on Friday, December 23rd, and caused multiple northbound lanes to be shut down. Due to the severity of the accident, these lanes remained closed until nearly 8 am that same day, causing extended and multiple traffic backups until wrecking crews were able to come through and clear the scene.
Accidents involving semi trucks can be quite serious. The disruptions to traffic after a semi truck accident can last many hours, and semi truck accidents can easily kill or maim the driver or passengers of a smaller automobile.