When driving in adverse weather conditions, such as snow, rain, and fog, it’s necessary for motorists to take extra precautions and adjust their driving habits to reduce the risk of a car wreck.
This concept is equally, if not more, important for those behind the wheels of big trucks. According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), nearly one in four (22%) of all vehicle crashes are weather-related and result in an average of 5,376 fatalities each year.
Factors that Increase Risks of Winter Truck Accidents
The reason behind the above statistics are pretty simple: ice, snow, and rain make roads more slippery, hinder driver visibility, lead to longer braking times, and drastically increase the risk of losing control.
While a car sliding across the road uncontrollably is clearly not a good situation, an even worse one would involve a semi-truck or big rig doing so. Accidents involving big trucks often result in more catastrophic injuries and fatalities due to their sheer size and potentially hazardous cargo.
Other factors that commonly contribute to wintertime trucking accidents include:
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Road hazards
- Increased road traffic
- Mechanical issues due to lack of vehicle maintenance
- Driver fatigue, especially during long haul rides
How Truckers and Motorists Can Stay Safe in Winter
The following winter safety tips apply to not just truckers, but to all motorists on the road:
- Slow down in bad weather conditions
- Increase your following distance
- Eliminate distractions, including cell phones and electronic devices
- Get regular vehicle inspections and required maintenance
- Keep a full tank of gas
- Check your vehicle before hitting the road
If you’re injured in a big truck accident this winter, you should not hesitate to pursue legal action against any and all negligent parties who contributed to your accident. You deserve compensation for the traumatic ordeal you have experienced, and rest assured, we have your back.
At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, our hard-hitting legal advocates will stand in your corner against the insurance companies and guide you through the process from start to finish.
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