How Can San Luis Obispo Residents Drive Carefully During Harvest Season?

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A 59-year-old man was killed late August when a farm tractor-trailer struck his Chevrolet Silverado east of Interstate 5. The truck had hit the farm implement from behind which caused the driver to lose control and drive into the northbound lanes, hitting a semi-trailer head on. After the fatal accident, the Modesto Area CHP issued an official warning to drivers about the dangers of sharing the road with farm equipment.

How Can I Avoid an Accident with Harvest Vehicles?

Late summer is peak harvest season, which means there will be a guaranteed increase of harvest vehicles and equipment on the road. In order to help avoid another deadly accident, drivers in the area should:

  • Keep a safe distance. Many harvest vehicles are very large and bulky, which means they can obstruct your view if you are driving directly behind them or next to them. To be safe, drive 15-20 feet behind and away from these vehicles so you can have a better and faster reaction time. Tools and other equipment can also sometimes fly off and hit your vehicle, which is another reason to stay away.
  • Drive with caution. Defensive driving is key when you are driving near a harvest vehicle on the highway. Keep both hands on your steering wheel, don’t be distracted by your cell phone or any other electronic device, and have your eyes on the road ahead.
  • Look out for warning signs and lights. Many farmers will place signs and lights on their vehicles in order to warn nearby drivers of their presence. These could include reflective signage, marking lights or written placards that help drivers be aware.

If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney for more information. Contact James McKiernan Lawyers today for a free consultation.

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