Trucks are large and potentially dangerous vehicles if they are not operated perfectly. Accidents can happen in the event of negligent driving or even inclement weather. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), winds that are greater than 25 miles per hour can significantly affect a truck driver’s ability to control their vehicle on the road. As a result of trucks’ large surface area, wind resistance can build up on one side of the vehicle and cause it to tip over. It is because of this that truck drivers should be aware of these risks in order to work towards preventing accidents from taking place. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are Causes of Wind-Related Truck Accidents?
It is possible for strong winds to increase the chances of a truck being involved in an accident. This may be the case under the following conditions:
- High crosswinds: A strong gust of wind can cause a truck to sway or tip while traveling on the road.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Cargo that is not properly loaded can shift and cause uneven weight distribution in the truck, affecting the driver’s ability to control the vehicle during high winds.
- Failure to take appropriate action for weather conditions: Truck drivers must know the weather so they can follow proper safety measures such as slowing down 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 a variety of ways that a truck accident can happen when there are strong winds against them. This can include:
- Rollover accidents: Wind can cause a driver to lose control and roll the vehicle over on its side. If this happens on a busy highway, it can harm other vehicles on the road.
- Underride accidents: Truck drivers who hit the brakes to control the vehicle after being hit by wind can cause a vehicle close behind 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?
Truck accidents can cause serious injuries. When they do, victims can pursue legal action to recover compensation. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim in which they are required to prove negligence directly cause the accident and 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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