Driving around Big Rigs in Bad Weather
If weather forecasters are getting it right this time, massive amounts of snow and heavy winds are due in our area. It is enough to worry about keeping your own car under control. Driving around big rigs in bad weather may require some additional skills. Take heed. A truck accident can not only be devastating; it can be deadly.
Problems Truckers Encounter in Bad Weather
Some of the problems truckers encounter in bad weather are no different than those operating passenger cars or other vehicles. According to the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, almost a quarter of weather related accidents occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement. More than half of the snowy accidents happen during the precipitation. Truck accidents are included within these statistics.
So, what are some issues that are unique to truckers in bad weather? Here are some examples:
- The larger the vehicle, the longer it takes to stop it. Think of the size of a big rig when you make a decision to hastily cut in front of it in any kind of weather.
- Jackknifing becomes more of a risk in bad weather. What does this mean exactly? When a truck skids on a slippery road, it may swing out in an angle. For a clearer understanding of jackknifing, think of what a pocketknife looks like when one of the blades is exposed.
- Rollover accidents can occur in larger vehicles. Poor road conditions can contribute to truck rollovers as the center of gravity is higher.
- Black ice is a challenge for any size vehicle. However, a semi driver will have a more difficult time getting a truck under control than an individual operating a car.
Take Special Cautions while Driving Around Big Rigs
Let’s face it. Too many of us are in a big hurry. It may not always be necessary, especially when it is important to err on the side of caution. Whether you are a toll road that allows trucks such as the New Jersey Turnpike or driving on Route 440, you should practice the following safety tips:
- Slow down! (Yes, we know we already said that, but it bears repeating.)
- Keep a safe distance.
- Pay attention. Be wary of any kind of distracted driving.
- Avoid quick braking.
Not all accidents are avoidable. If you have been involved in a truck accident and injured, you need legal advice. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have many years of experience handling personal injury claims. Contact us for an appointment to see if we can assist you.