Bad weather conditions can make things more dangerous out on the roads. Additionally, there are certain things that can make the roads particularly hazardous in such conditions. One is drivers of 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks acting carelessly.
Truck driver missteps in bad weather could result in a truck going out of control and striking another vehicle or multiple other vehicles. So, when you throw unsafe truck driving practices into poor weather conditions, many people could end up getting hurt or killed.
Given this, it is vital for truck drivers here in the Houston area and throughout the nation to take appropriate actions when bad weather strikes, including:
- Staying appraised of weather conditions on the route they will be driving.
- Changing their route, vehicle speed and driving behavior as necessary given the particular type of bad weather that is occurring.
- Avoiding tailgating or other conduct that could put other motorists in danger.
- Making sure to remain alert and distraction-free while driving.
Now, when a truck accident occurs in bad weather, there are various special details that can be critical ones in legal matters for the victims of the accident, such as efforts seeking compensation. This includes what effects the weather had on road conditions and what particular actions the involved truck driver took in response to such conditions. What a truck drivers’ behavior leading up to an accident was and how appropriate that behavior was for the situation (including the weather conditions) can have significant implications regarding liability in truck crashes.
Source: The Huffington Post, “3 Highway Safety Measures Every Truck Driver Should Consider,” William Morrow, Aug. 12, 2016