Head-on semi-truck accidents are all too common on rural Idaho roads. Just last week, Idaho State Police reported a head-on collision with a semi-truck on State Highway 34. A vehicle was attempting to pass. However, after crossing over the yellow center lane, the vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming semi truck. Both the driver and their passenger succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the accident. The driver of the semi truck from Idaho Falls was not reported injured in the crash. Traffic was blocked for about three hours as crews worked to clear the accident.
Here are some tips to help you avoid a head-on semi truck accident.
How to Avoid a Head-on Semi Truck Accident
A head-on semi truck accident is one of the most dangerous types of accidents to be involved in. Due to the large size of a semi truck, a head-on collision with one is often fatal. A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That amount of weight against a small car will obviously have a large impact. Know how to avoid a head-on semi truck accident to save the life of you or your loved ones.
Always Wear a Seat Belt
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports airbags and seat belt use has reduced the fatality rate of head-on collisions by 61 percent.
Pass with Great Caution
When driving on a rural road, only pass when it is safe to do so. This can be tricky for many drivers as it is hard to see oncoming traffic until you start to attempt to pass. If in doubt, don’t. Instead, wait for a passing lane.
Never drive tired or distracted. Make sure to always have your eyes and mind on the road when you are driving to avoid an accident. All too often a driver accidentally swerves into oncoming traffic because they are distracted or falling asleep at the wheel.
Observe Lane Markings
It is only lawful to pass on a one-lane road when the line is dashed or a passing lane is present. Passing over a double yellow line or in a passing lane for the opposing flow of traffic is unlawful and could cause a serious accident.
Why You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Semi Truck Accident Case
Look to Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello to handle your semi truck accident case. Our experienced attorneys will fight the big insurance companies for every penny you are owed. Truck accidents can cause serious injuries and sometimes result in wrongful death claims. Special considerations are owed in handling a semi truck accident due to the safety of special federal and state laws that regulate trucking companies and their drivers. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm on your side. Call our law office today for a free case evaluation. This is your opportunity to discuss your semi truck accident with an experienced, knowledgeable and trusted personal injury lawyer. Call (208) 552-0467.
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