Posted on Jan 13, 2023

On December 27, 2022 at around 11:45 a.m., a serious crash between an SUV and an armored truck occurred in Cherokee County, South Carolina. According to sources, the armored truck was stopped at a stop sign on Highway 18, and the SUV was traveling west on Highway 18. As the armored vehicle pulled out to turn left, the SUV crashed into it. The driver of the SUV died on January 7, 2023 as a result of his injuries.

Armored Trucks are Inherently Dangerous

Armored trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Just for perspective, the typical vehicle on the road weighs around 4,000 pounds. Thus, when an armored truck is involved in an accident, the damage can be catastrophic. Often times, a person will die or suffer serious permanent injuries as a result of a crash with an armored truck. Unfortunately, these high-impact crashes occur every year in South Carolina.

Armored Trucks are Everywhere in South Carolina

Armored trucks drive all around our communities. They carry the same force as many semi trucks, but they can travel around areas where semi trucks cannot. They’re on our residential streets, near our grocery stores, and around our malls. Armored trucks can do drive around all of these places that semi trucks cannot because armored trucks typically slide in just under the weight limit for many of these roads that semi trucks are not allowed to travel on.

Armored trucks are also typically more agile than semi trucks, tractor trailers, and 18-wheelers because they’re shorter and more compact. These armored trucks are thus capable of fast lane chances, U-turns, and other maneuvers a semi truck could not attempt.

Overall, armored trucks are incredibly dangerous, and there are no other vehicles like armored vehicles on our roads. Specifically, there’s no vehicle that weighs as much as an armored truck and is capable of the same maneuvers. Thus, armored trucks create a unique opportunity for disaster

Common Causes of Armored Truck Accidents in South Carolina

Armored trucks hurt people every year in South Carolina, and sometimes they kill. Below are some of the more common reasons armored truck accidents occur every year.

  • Distracted Driving (think cell phones)
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Driver’s Lack of Experience
  • Driver’s Lack of Training
  • Lack of Supervision