Idaho State Police reported an injury semi-truck accident on State Highway 33 in Driggs, Idaho. A passenger vehicle was driving northbound on SH33 when the driver crossed over the center line and into a semi-truck driving southbound. The driver of the passenger vehicle was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. It was also reported that she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the semi-truck accident. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured and did not need to be transported. It was reported that the highway was blocked for about three and a half hours will crews worked to clear the accident.
Injury Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
When a semi-truck accident occurs, it is more likely to result in death or serious injury than an accident between two small vehicles. The accident is far more dangerous for the driver in the car than it is for the driver in the truck. In fact, according to the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety, 73 percent of all truck crash injuries and deaths are suffered by the driver in the car.
The following are more nationwide injury semi-truck accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Injuries from a semi-truck accident account for eight percent of all fatal crashes and three percent of all automobile injuries in the U.S.
- 63 percent of tractor trailer accidents occur on rural roads.
- Only five percent of semi-truck accident was due to a semi-truck rolling over.
- 83 percent of semi-truck accidents happen on weekdays.
- Only one percent of truck accident injuries are fatal.
- 23 percent of truck accidents result in injury.
Tips to Prevent a Head-on Truck Accident
- On multiple-lane highways, drive in the right-hand lane. This will make it safer and easier to pull over into a ditch or off the side of the road rather than hitting head-on.
- If you see an oncoming vehicle heading straight for you, quickly veer to the right. This will prevent you from going into lanes of other vehicles.
- Gain more stability by keeping the two wheels on the driver’s side on the pavement when pulling over to a shoulder.
- Choose to hit a fixed object on the side of the road rather than hitting another vehicle. The fixed object has no momentum and will usually cause less injury.
- If you come across an aggressive driver, don’t react to them in the same manner. Let them pass.
- Semi-trucks require more time to react. Avoid making unpredictable actions such as quick lane changes.
- Avoid driving in a semi-truck driver’s blind spot. Always make sure you can see a truck driver in their side mirror. This guarantee’s that they can see you.
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