Trucks are immense and heavy vehicles that can be very dangerous if they are not operated under the right conditions. Truck accidents can happen if a driver is negligent or there is inclement weather. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that winds greater than 25 miles per hour can detrimentally impact a truck driver’s ability to control the vehicle. A truck’s large surface area can cause wind resistance to build up on one side and tip the vehicle over. That is why it is important for truck drivers to know the risks so that they can work to avoid an accident. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are Causes of Wind-Related Truck Accidents?
When a truck encounters strong winds on the road, it can increase the chances of an accident taking place. This may happen in the event of the following:
- High crosswinds: Strong winds can cause a truck to sway or tip over on the road.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Cargo can shift and unevenly distribute the weight of a truck if it is not loaded properly, making the vehicle difficult to control in high winds.
- Failure to take appropriate action for weather conditions: Truck drivers must regularly check the weather so they know what safety precautions to implement, 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 several ways a truck accident can happen when there are strong winds. These accidents do not only impact the truck driver, but others sharing the road with them as well. Common types of accidents that happen due to winds can include:
- Rollover accidents: Wind can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and roll 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?
Truck accidents can cause significant injuries to those who are involved. It is because of this that victims often pursue legal action to receive compensation as coverage for the damages incurred. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim. In doing so, they are required to prove negligence took place, thus directly causing their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful to back up this claim can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the scene, witness testimonies, etc.
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