Lack of visibility, distractions, intoxication and speed are common factors. Several of these may have contributed to a recent crash in Arkansas that killed a young woman.
The fatal semi truck accident occurred on the morning of December 13. A 19-year-old woman was driving in the northbound lanes of Interstate 49 in Springdale but traveling in the wrong direction. A tractor-trailer heading north collided with the woman’s car head on.
The injured Springdale woman was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, where she later died. Crews were on the scene to clean up the crash, which occurred between exits 72 and 73. In the meantime, traffic was diverted through the weigh station.
It was unknown what caused the accident. The weather was clear at the time.
Given that the crash occurred at 4:30 a.m., the victim may have been fatigued, intoxicated or distracted. Plus, it is still dark at that time, so visibility may have been a factor as well.
The best way to avoid a head-on collision is to avoid one completely. However, this is easier said than done. These types of accidents often happen without warning. Therefore, your best line of defense is to slow down as much as possible. The slower you go, the more likely you are to survive such an accident. In fact, experts recommend that you drive no faster than 43 mph.
What makes 43 the magic number? This speed is the result of extensive research based on the crash forces the human body can tolerate, as well as seatbelt use and other safety features.
There have been instances of vehicle occupants surviving head-on collisions at speeds of 50, 60 or even 70 mph. However, the survival rate decreases with every mile per hour you are traveling.
A person driving a passenger vehicle has little chance of surviving a crash with a semi truck, especially a head-on collision. It’s important that you seek legal help for injuries, fatalities and other damages caused by a truck accident.
The sooner you get legal help, the better your chances of recovering compensation. Get the aggressive truck accident attorneys at the Elliott & Smith Law Firm on your side. We have won numerous truck crash cases and can help you with yours as well. For a free consultation, contact us online or call our Fayetteville, Arkansas office at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).