Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles under-riding trucks in crashes.
The race is on to get driverless trucks on the roads, and experts say the impact on professional drivers 'is going to be huge'. Driverless trucks will be safer and cheaper than their human-controlled counterparts, but that doesn't mean America's 3.5 million professional truck drivers are giving up to the machines without a fight.
An accident that occurred earlier this month on the other side of the state is a reminder of the damage large commercial vehicles can cause when involved in a crash.