Forrest County, Mississippi – May 30, 2018 (The Clarion-Ledger, WDAM) – According to reports from The Clarion-Ledgerand WDAM, a young woman died in a crash involving an automobile and a tractor-trailer. Eighteen-year-old Savannah Gibson graduated from Forrest County Agricultural High School just hours before she died in the accident. The accident happened on Mississippi 13 when a car swerved into a lane that was occupied by a tanker truck full of liquid asphalt. The driver of the truck was unable to avoid hitting the car.
Accidents involving automobiles and semi trucks often result in severe injury or death. When a car changes lanes abruptly, the driver of a tractor-trailer may not have enough time or space to avoid the collision. Semi trucks are large, they are very heavy, and they take a long time to stop. To reduce the risk of getting into an accident with a tractor-trailer, drivers can learn to change lanes safely.
To make a safer pass, look on all sides of the truck to check for anything that would cause the truck to change lanes. If there isn’t anything there, pass the truck, but do it quickly, because accident risk increases the more time you spend alongside the tractor-trailer, where the driver may not be able to see you. However, don’t be in such a rush to complete the pass that you cut back in front of the truck too quickly. Be sure that you are well in front of the truck, and that there is no traffic in the lane in front of the truck that will cause you to have to brake abruptly before you activate your turn signal and move back over.
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