A semi truck overturned on northbound I-15 causing injury to the semi truck driver. Idaho State Police reported a sing-vehicle injury crash south of Malad when a semi truck hauling a single trailer drove off the left shoulder causing the semi to overturn. The driver of the semi truck was taken by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Police reported the left lane of traffic blocked for about six hours as crews worked to clear the wreckage. The following are some tips to avoid an accident when debris is on the roadway following a semi truck overturned.
Tips to Avoid an Accident from Road Debris
The following are a few tips to help you avoid a car crash with road debris.
- Scan the road ahead continually to search for any road debris or hazards.
- Always have a plan to escape in the event there should suddenly appear debris in your lane. Know where other cars around you. Maintain an open space in front and at least one side of your vehicle at all times. Should a need arise, you could steer into that open space to avoid a collision with an object on the road.
- Never tailgate! Leave a safe traveling distance between you and the car in front of you at all times. A good suggested amount of time is three to four seconds. More if the roadway is in bad condition.
- When driving at night or at dusk, be especially alert for animals or debris on the roadway.
- If you are about to hit debris, safely slow down as much as possible prior to making contact and try to hit it with a tire.
Road Debris Car Crash Statistics
Debris-related car crashes are often preventable. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, two in three car crashes caused by debris result from items falling from a vehicle due to unsecured cargo or improper maintenance. Common road debris includes things that detach from a vehicle or unsecured cargo such as furniture. Other common road debris could also include a tow trailer becoming separated from pulling vehicle.
Though every state has laws making it illegal for items to fall from a vehicle, fines can range from just $10 up to $5,000. In addition, 16 states list jail as a possible punishment for offenders of lost cargo.
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