Avoiding a Truck Wreck on Arkansas Roads and Highways


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The number of big trucks on I-540 and I-40 in Arkansas seems to grow every year.  With many people commuting between the growing cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell and Rogers, there are more vehicles on the road and more big trucks serving this increased population. Arkansas truck wreck attorney Ken Kieklak offers some guidelines of how to avoid an accident with a truck or tractor trailer rig.

Towering above an average-sized vehicle, big trucks often make normal drivers nervous.  This feeling is justified, considering a big truck wreck often results in more damage than a normal car wreck.

You Can Avoid a Truck Accident by Following these Guidelines:

  1. Stay away from the big truck’s blind spots;
  2. Avoiding passing the big truck when its turning or about to turn right;
  3. Pay attention to the big truck’s signals;
  4. Call in poor driving; and
  5. Maintain a safe distance between you and the big truck.

The following sections discuss each of the guidelines in detail.

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Avoiding Blind Spots

The vast majority of truck wrecks occur when the car is in one of the big truck’s blind spots.  To avoid blind spots and prevent having a truck wreck, understand this principle:  if you can’t see the big truck’s mirror, the truck driver can’t see you.  If you take notice of this principle, you will be able to pass with better care and anticipate the truck driver’s next move.  Doing so will decrease your chances of having a truck wreck.

Careful Passing

In connection to blind spots, many truck wrecks occur while a car is trying to pass the big truck.  To avoid a truck wreck, never pass a big truck when it has its right signal on or appears to be turning right, regardless of the signal.  When big trucks make a right turn, their trailer swings out.  If you are passing the truck at this time, there’s a great chance the trailer will hit your car.

Truck Signals

Another way to avoid a truck wreck is to pay attention to the truck’s signals.  Doing so can keep you from passing at a bad time or exiting in front of the truck.  In addition to the turn signal, also watch for hazard lights.  Big trucks often use their hazard lights after a blow out or other mechanical problem.

Call in Poor Driving

Truck drivers, just like regular drivers, often get distracted or tired while driving.  To help yourself and other drivers avoid a truck wreck, call the police and the trucking company to report poor driving.  Reporting the act can cause the driver to be reprimanded by the law and/or his boss.

 Safe Distance

It’s no surprise that big trucks can’t stop as quickly as regular cars.  Therefore, it’s important in avoiding a truck wreck to keep a safe distance between you and a big truck.  This distance is especially important in poor weather conditions where traction is further limited.

Contact an Arkansas Truck Accident Attorney if You’ve Been Involved in a Crash

These steps can help prevent, but not eliminate a truck wreck.  As such, if you or a loved one was injured in truck wreck, it is important to contact a truck accident lawyer. Contact Fayetteville AR personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak at (479) 316-0438 or go online to schedule your free consultation today.

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