It’s dangerous to be out driving while it is dark. Decreased vision and fatigue can cause serious accidents. These elements can be especially difficult for drivers of semi trucks to overcome. In some cases, they can cause dangerous truck accidents.
A recent crash in Hot Spring County in Arkansas left a truck driver dead. The fatal accident occurred at around 4 a.m. on the morning of November 9. The truck driver was traveling west on Interstate 30 near Friendship when he inexplicably left the roadway and crashed into trees. The Freightliner then rolled over and came to a stop.
The 46-year-old truck driver died at the accident scene. It is unknown what caused the truck to exit the interstate. The roads were clear and dry at the time of the crash.
The Arkansas roadways have been dangerous for motorists this year. More than 400 people have died in traffic crashes in Arkansas so far in 2017.
Causes of Truck Accidents
A large percentage of truck accidents are caused by driver error. One of the top reasons is non-performance. This refers to falling asleep at the wheel, physical impairment and medical issues, such as heart attacks or seizures.
Another common cause of accidents is performance-related issues. The driver may have panicked or overcompensated. This is a possible cause of the accident in this case. A sharp turn could have caused the truck to leave the roadway.
Fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel are situations that are common for truck drivers. They often work long hours, even though trucking companies have an obligation to abide by hours of service requirements. The trucking industry can be unrealistic with its expectations, though, and there are deadlines that must be met, so federal regulations are often ignored. This puts truck drivers at risk of crashes.
Get Help From an Arkansas Truck Accident Attorney
No matter how they occur, semi-truck accidents are rarely minor. As seen in this case, fatalities are common with trucks of this size.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a semi truck accident, take quick action to preserve your rights to compensation. Seek legal help by contacting the attorneys at the Elliott & Smith Law Firm online or by calling our Fayetteville, Arkansas office at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).