Winter Weather and Truck Accidents

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A lawmaker in neighboring Pennsylvania is pushing for legislation that would require drivers of tractor-trailers to remove snow and ice from the tops of their rigs. Frozen debris can fall off of a semi onto nearby vehicles, resulting in truck accidents that could end in serious injury or even death.

According to National Public Radio, the trucking industry says laws requiring drivers to clear the tops of their rigs could be expensive and put operators at risk. Unfortunately, a truck driver’s failure to take other safety precautions during winter can also lead to accidents.

Other possible causes of truck accidents on cold weather roads include:

  • Failure to put chains on tires.
  • Excess speed on slick or snowy roads.
  • Not allowing extra room to come to a complete stop.
  • Improper loading, which increases the risk of jackknifing or making the rig tip over in strong winds.

Even in bad weather, truck drivers are expected to make tight deadlines. The need to be on time can cause some drivers to take risks that put themselves and others on the road in jeopardy. Reckless actions behind the wheel can become even more dangerous when ice, snow, and other hazards make driving conditions less than ideal.

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt because of the carelessness of someone in an 18-wheeler, our Parkersburg truck accident attorneys can build a strong claim on your behalf. Please call (304) 865-8530 today for a no-cost evaluation of your case.