A 49-year-old man, Andrew Yau, was killed in a Fort Worth 18 wheeler wreck. Learn how to better protect yourself from an accident with an 18 wheeler.

TX-170 & Old Denton Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76177At around 2:00 PM, a vehicle was trying to cross the highway, when it was t-boned by a semi-truck heading east. The accident happened at the intersection of Old Denton Road and Highway 170 in Fort Worth, TX 76177.

The vehicle attempting to cross the road experienced heavy damage. The driver of the car, 49-year-old Andrew Yau, was pronounced dead at the scene. An unnamed passenger was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Full details of the case haven’t been released. However, some speculation says Yau drove through a stop sign before being broadsided by the 18-wheeler.

It’s Easy to Forget to Drive Defensively

We’re not here to assign blame in this situation because it’s not clear what really happened. But the tragic story brings to mind a good lesson for all of us drivers: drive defensively.

After driving for years, possibly decades, with no serious accidents, it’s easy to “fall asleep” and not really pay attention to the road and safe driving habits like you should.

And with all the new distractions that have shown up over the years, like making calls with cell phones, texting while driving, and even watching TV, there’s more opportunity available to get distracted than ever.

So let’s take a look at some of the defensive driving tactics you learned years ago in driver’s ed, but maybe you’re getting a little rusty on:

  1. Focus on Driving

Contrary to the opinion of many, you can’t do two things well at once. If you try to “multitask,” your ability to perform both of the tasks suffers. You can’t avoid it. Scientific studies have proven it over and over again. It’s the way the human mind works, for both women and men.

So make sure you put your full attention on driving.

  1. Stay Alert

Sleepy drivers, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are responsible for many accidents. If you feel you’re too tired to drive one day, don’t drive. And just to be safe, don’t drive when you’re under the influence of any alcohol at all, even if you’re under the legal limit. Having even just one drink increases the number of driving errors you make.

  1. Assume that Other Drivers will Make Driving Mistakes

Part of driving defensively means assuming the other driver will always drive in the worst way possible. For example, when you’re driving on the highway, have 1 car length for every 10 miles of speed between you and the driver ahead of you. That way, if someone speeds by you, they have room to get in.

It’s annoying when you get cut off because of someone else’s careless behavior but good because that driver didn’t cause an accident that harmed or killed you or them.

If Another Driver Injures You, Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

If someone else was careless, reckless, or negligent in their driving and hurt you as a result, call a Dallas personal injury lawyer today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.