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Rhode Island Truck Accident Lawyer | “Truck Accidents And Icy Conditions”

(This is an excellent Truck Accident Law Article by Sara Goldstein. This article is approved by Rhode Island Semi Truck Accident Lawyer, David Slepkow)

About half a million large truck accidents occur each year in the U.S., according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Many of those accidents end in a catastrophic injury or even death to those involved.

These truck accident statistics are not surprising when you consider that the average loaded commercial truck, also called tractor-trailer rigs or 18-wheelers) weigh 80,000 pounds and is up to 75 feet long. Stopping that kind of tonnage in pristine driving conditions is difficult enough. Add in factors like icy roads, and you have disaster waiting to happen.

Ice and snow can affect not only the surface of the roadway, but also the driver’s visibility and overall handling of a large truck. In addition, driving for long hours in dangerous weather conditions can add to a truck driver’s fatigue and stress, creating more of a problem behind the wheel.

That’s why there are actually federal trucking laws in place that require truck drivers to use extra caution in these types of situations.

Types of Truck Accidents in Icy Conditions

Just a few of the types of accidents that can be seen in icy weather conditions include:

  • · Rear-end collisions
  • · Skids into other vehicles and roadway objects, like telephone poles
  • · Override and underride accidents
  • · Rollover accidents

Causes of Truck Accidents on Icy Roads

Following are some of the most frequently reported causes of large truck accidents, including ones that happen in inclement weather:

  • · Truck traveling too fast for conditions
  • · Driver inattention or handling error
  • · Driver fatigue
  • · Defective truck parts
  • · Lack of truck maintenance
  • · Lack of required snow chains on truck tires
  • · Use of alcohol or drugs by driver
  • · Unrealistic schedules causing undue stress and excessive speed
  • · Overloaded truck
  • · Truck with an imbalanced load

What You Can Do to Avoid a Truck Accident in Ice and Snow

If you have to be out and about and sharing the road with large trucks during an ice or snowstorm, keep in mind these tips to help you avoid a serious truck accident:

  • · Travel slower than you think you need to
  • · Pay extra attention to your driving, since a skid in your car could send you into the path of a large truck
  • · Stay an extra-long distance away from tractor-trailer rigs
  • · Use increased caution when you are merging into a lane in front of a large truck
  • · Watch trucks carefully for any signs that the driver may be traveling too fast for conditions or is fatigued and not attentive

Have you or someone you love suffered abrain injury, spinal cord injury or other severe injury due to a truck accident in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia? Theexperienced truck accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C can offer additional information and advice. Please visit thetruck accident law firm’s website for details.

Sara GoldsteinAbout the Author:

Have you or someone you love suffered abrain injury, spinal cord injury or other severe injury due to a truck accident in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia? Theexperienced truck accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C can offer additional information and advice. Please visit thetruck accident law firm’s website for details.

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

 

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