Commercial trucks are the largest vehicles on the road, making them the most dangerous as well. It is because of this that they can cause serious accidents if they are driven under the wrong conditions. For example, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), winds over 25 miles per hour can affect a truck driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely. That is why drivers need to know the risks so that they can avoid causing an accident. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are Causes of Wind-Related Truck Accidents?
The chances of a truck accident can increase if there are strong winds present. This may happen in the event of the following:
- High crosswinds: A strong gust of wind can cause a truck to sway or tip on the road.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Cargo can shift and unevenly distribute the weight of a truck, making the vehicle difficult to navigate in high winds.
- Failure to take appropriate action for weather conditions: Truck drivers are required to check the weather so they know what precautions to implement on the road, such as slowing to a safe speed, pulling over until conditions improve, planning an alternative route, etc.
What Types of Accidents are Caused by Strong Winds?
There are many different types of truck accidents that can be caused due to high winds, such as:
- Rollover accidents: Wind can cause a driver to lose control and roll the vehicle over on its side.
- Underride accidents: Truck drivers who step on the brakes after being hit by wind can cause a closely following vehicle to crash and slide underneath the truck.
- Jackknife accidents: When a driver hits the brakes too hard, the truck can fold in on itself and form a 90-degree angle.
- Lost load accidents: Improperly loaded cargo can come loose and fall out of the truck onto the road.
What do I do if I’m Injured in a Truck Accident?
When a truck accident happens, it can cause serious injuries to those who are involved. It is because of this that victims may wish to pursue legal action through the filing of a personal injury claim. If successful, they may recover compensation for any damages due to the accident. This requires the injured party to prove negligence took place and directly caused their injuries. Evidence that can help do so can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the scene, witness testimonies, etc.
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