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Two Fatalities From Head-on Semi Truck Accident
Oregon State Police have reported two fatalities from a head-on semi-truck accident. Ice-slick road conditions are said to have been a factor in this semi truck collision. A semi truck driver was attempting to pass on a two-lane road when it collided head-on with another oncoming semi truck. Both drivers were killed at the scene of the accident. A third driver rear-ended one of the semis. This driver was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. It was also reported that one of the vehicles caught fire from the collision. The roadway was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
The following are some tips to avoid a head-on semi truck accident.
Tips 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.
Be Aware of Roadway Conditions
If a roadway appears slick, do not attempt to pass. Doing so may cause the driver to lose control and end in an accident. For more tips on how to drive safely on icy roads, click here.
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