Tractor Trailer Overturning Highlights Importance of Safe Driving

A Missouri trucking accident occurred in Perry County, Missouri on April 19, 2011 at 8:10pm during the recent inclement weather.

A 2006 International Conventional overturned on northbound I-55 during high winds on Tuesday night. The truck driver, Marvin D. Goettsch of Florida, was injured. Goettsch was taken by Perry County Ambulance to Perry County Memorial Hospital. If a car had been near the tractor trailer in a blind spot, the consequences could have been devastating. In large truck crashes, car drivers sustain 78% of the fatalities. Learning how to safely drive near large trucks is an essential skill for safe highway driving.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides safety tips to car drivers for sharing the road with large commercial vehicles like tractor trailers. One of the most important safety tips is to stay out of “No-Zones.” No-Zone is the term the FMCSA uses to describe the large blind spots along commercial vehicles like tractor trailers. Truck drivers cannot see other vehicles in the massive blind spots near commercial trucks. Deceased visibility leads to a greater risk of a Missouri truck accident.

To drive safely near massive tractor trailers, follow the FMCSA’s advice: “don’t hang out in the No-Zones.” Pass large commercial vehicles with care. Remember that the truck driver cannot see you if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck driver’s mirror. Do not try to pass large commercial vehicles as they make wide right turns. Cutting in between the truck and the curb dramatically increases the likelihood of a Missouri truck accident. Avoid cutting off tractor trailers. Large trucks and buses need a substantial amount of time to slow down. Cutting in front such a large vehicle may cause a Missouri rear end truck accident.

January 1st, 2010 by Ryan E. Bradley

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