According to CBS Baltimore, a jackknifed tractor trailer blocked traffic on I-95 recently, with southbound motorists trapped as safety crews reported to the crash scene. Shortly before this incident, CBS Baltimore had reported a worker was killed in I-95 when a truck entered a construction zone. The tractor-trailer that entered the work zone had been headed in a northbound direction at around 1:30 in the morning before striking a vehicle and causing another vehicle to crash into and kill the 62-year-old worker.
These are just some of the many accidents reported in I-95 each year in and around the Baltimore area. Truck accidents also are reported frequently on I-895, including a truck accident reported on by ABC 2 Baltimore which caused a fuel spill and shut down the road in both directions.
Why do so many truck accidents get reported on I-95 and I-895? There are a few simple reasons why so many crashes happen on these roads, but one of the most important reasons is lots of trucks drive on these interstates because they are important thoroughfares.
Many trucks drive on I-95, as this road is the longest north-south interstate in the U.S. and is considered to be the main interstate highway spanning the east coast in the United States. I-95 is the oldest of the routes on the United States interstate highway system, and it is still being developed and improved. There is even a project underway that is scheduled to connect parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey by 2018. Since I-95 connects so many places and spans so much of the United States, trucks must travel on it frequently to provide deliveries of goods and materials up and down the east cost. Obviously, this makes it a heavily trafficked road.
Interstate 895 is also an important thoroughfare, although it exists only within Maryland and runs for just 14.87 miles. It runs between an Elkridge junction of I-95 and another interchange on the east side of Baltimore which connects with I-95. It is also called the Harbor Tunnel and it is heavily trafficked by trucks as well.
The high number of trucks traveling on these interstates helps to explain why many serious or fatal truck accidents happen on I-95 or I-895. High speeds on highways are also a contributing factor to causing truck collisions to occur. When going faster, trucks and passenger cars are both more likely to lose control and less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid an auto accident happening. This means a greater possible chance of accidents happening on roads with higher speed limits like I-895 or I-95.