A head-on truck accident occurred near Coeur D’Alene, Idaho leaving one man injured. Idaho State Police reported the injury crash east of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The truck accident involved three vehicles: a semi truck, a pickup truck and a compact car. It was reported that the pickup truck was traveling eastbound when it went over the center line and collided with a semi truck heading westbound. The pickup truck then spun around and hit the compact car which was traveling behind the semi truck. The semi truck landed in a ditch south of the highway. The man driving the pickup truck was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for injuries. All other persons involved in this accident were reportedly uninjured. This truck accident remains under investigation.
Head-on Truck Accident National Statistics
Head-on car accidents took the lives of 6,684 persons in 1998 reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Compare that to the 3,914 head-on fatalities in 2008. This is a significant decline, but it could still be better. Head-on truck accident fatalities make up more than 10 percent of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. In these head-on truck accidents, 74 percent of the victims were the drivers of traditional vehicles and not the semi truck driver.
Head-on Truck Accident Prevention Tips
- 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 manor. 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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