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Bad weather and big trucks: making the roads safer for everyone

Big trucks can spell big danger for everyone on Georgia roads when truckers make poor decisions behind the wheel. The men and women who drive semitrailers have a special responsibility to drive carefully and safely in all conditions, but this is especially true when the weather is bad or they are driving in unfamiliar areas.

When roads are in poor condition or the weather is less than ideal, it can greatly increase the chance of a truck accident. This is especially true when a truck driver is behind the wheel of a fully loaded commercial vehicle that is much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. When the weather is bad, truckers must consider braking distance and other factors in order to prevent accidents and keep everyone on the road safe.

Increasing safety in poor conditions

Many truck drivers are paid upon delivery of the load they are carrying. This could be motivation to drive too fast, regardless of the weather. Other times, truckers have been behind the wheel for hours and are anxious to get off the road and rest. Whatever the reason for driving too fast may be, speeding trucks are always dangerous.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, speed plays a role in many fatal accidents. In fact, statistics indicate that the higher the speed, the higher the severity of the crash. Consider the following information from the FMCSA regarding speed, bad weather and truck accidents:

  • Truck drivers can be much safer by reducing their speeds by one-third when driving in the rain. They should reduce their speed by one-half when driving in the snow.
  • If icy roads threaten a trucker's ability to control his or her vehicle, he or she should pull off the road as soon as possible.
  • In the rain, any oil on the roads mixes with the water and makes it particularly slippery.

Truckers should receive adequate training on how to drive safely in the rain and how to minimize the chance of an accident in bad conditions. If you were hurt in a truck accident, you may be able to hold the trucker accountable for speeding or driving recklessly. 

The rights of truck accident victims

As a truck accident victim, you have certain rights. If you believe that a trucker's poor decisions behind the wheel ultimately caused the accident that left you hurt, you have the right to pursue financial compensation from all liable parties. A good place for you to start is by seeking a complete evaluation of your case.

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