The news is putting some truck drivers on defense of their safety standards, some, leaving comments on the KARK 4 Facebook page. Some comments from truck drivers or drivers' relatives said they felt the hard work they do to stay safe is often overlooked when there is a tragedy.
"Wow, you see things like that happen, all the time," Dean Newell told KARK Reporter Brittney Johnson as he helped navigate a driving exercise on a training simulator.
This is just one part of the training Newell says Maverick Trucking drivers need before hopping in a real big rig.
"You have to drive for every one else around you," he said, driving a truck.
Maverick's Vice President of Safety, Dean Newell says he spent ten years on the road before crossing over to help drivers focus on safety.
"You see people reading, putting on makeup, talking on cell phones," said Newell.
But that's not enough.
"Regretfully we as an industry are involved in accidents killing more than 5000 people a year," said Lane Kidd, President of the Arkansas Trucking Association.
Kidd says while safety is a major priority, they still see a high number of accidents.
"Even I have been on the interstate and had the occasional tractor trailer blow by me going way too fast or in my opinion being way too close on my bumper, that being said, the best drivers on our nation's highways are truck drivers," he said.
To help drivers, companies like Maverick are investing in more technology, like collision mitigation system.
"He's a 150 feet in front of me and running 65 miles an hour," Newell added, pointing out features in the truck.
It even slows itself down if it gets too close to another car. Newell says it's a great help, but more than anything, all drivers must remain alert and aware of the potential danger of driving alongside them.
"A lot of people don't think it'll happen to them that's the scary part," said Newell.
Nicholas Carter, the victim of the semi-truck crash was the 430th person to die in a traffic accident this year in Arkansas.