Thursday Safety Tip for Drivers
Head-On Can Be Dead-On
The most dreaded accident for an
18-wheeler is the head-on crash!
A driver from Chester, PA had unloaded in Wheeling, WV. He was going to wait until he got to
the truck stop to call his dispatcher.
The driver had to unload the freight by
hand and was tired but glad to be unloaded. He could not wait to take a shower
It was his first time in Wheeling. Finding the right streets had been
a problem but he thought he was in the right area. An intersection at the bottom of a
hill had a retaining wall on the other side of the street to keep
vehicles out of a deep gully.
He slowed for his turn when a 4-wheeler
cut in front of him forcing him to go straight and before he could
adjust he hit the retaining wall. The force from the impact
threw him through the windshield into the wall as he was not wearing
a seat belt.
He sustained tremendous brain damage.
Though the car caused the accident, we can avoid these accidents by
following these guidelines:
for the unexpected. When driving in unfamiliar areas - reduce your
your seat belt at all times even when going short distances. You can make adjustments much
easier from behind your steering wheel.
proper directions from your dispatcher or local information.
Bottom line: Knowing what to expect,
transforms the unfamiliar to the familiar.
That's the way I see it - Bob Hataway -