At the Arkansas personal injury Law Offices of Alan Levar, our experience with truck accidents and tractor-trailer accidents serve as a poignant warning of the extra precautions necessary when mainstream drivers must share the road with industrial vehicles.
We know that our Arkansas traffic accident news is often rife with headlines that spotlight what can go wrong when car drivers or industrial vehicle drivers make a mistake on the road.
Consider what happened on Highway 71 in Bella Vista, Arkansas late last month. According to KHBS/KHOG-TV, seven cars were involved in a wreck there after a chicken truck and a semi crashed at roughly 1: 30 p.m. on a Monday afternoon.
For car drivers like these who may find themselves sharing highway lanes with large trucks, here are three tips to avoid causing an accident:
No. 1: Heads up — Especially when anything out of the ordinary happens on the road, like the presence of an extra large vehicle, it’s key to be extra alert and aware of your surroundings.
No. 2: Mind the gap — Big rigs can have more blind spots. So be sure to give every semi-truck on the road plenty of space and avoid tailgating at all costs.
No. 3: Patient passing — Avoid cutting off or swerving in front of a truck or tractor-trailer. These vehicles may not have the same response time as smaller cars, which is a recipe for disaster.