Driving alongside large commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks can always be dangerous, as these trucks can cause severe damage and injury if they collide with a smaller vehicle. The risks of trucks crashes can only increase when there are less-than-ideal weather conditions for multiple reasons.
Truck Driver Over-Confidence
Truck drivers spend many consecutive hours, days, months, and even years on the highways across the United States. They often drive through all types of climates and terrains and can encounter many different road conditions. Because of the extensive experience that truck drivers may have, they may become overconfident behind the wheel and may fail to slow down or take extra precautions in rain or snow. In addition, trucks are much heavier than smaller cars and, therefore, drivers may feel like they have more traction and can go faster without sliding. Such speeding can be very dangerous, especially if other traffic is traveling slower.
Lack of Conspicuity
With adverse weather often comes lack of visibility on the roads. Commercial trailers can already be difficult to see, even on a clear night. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict requirements for reflectors and other markers to make trailers conspicuous. These may be more difficult to see in thick fog or rain and a truck driver should be aware of when conspicuity is poor and turn on flashers or take other precautions.
Improper Truck Maintenance
The FMCSA also has requirements for regular inspection and maintenance of all commercial trucks. If a trucking company fails to properly maintain a truck, the tires or brakes could not be adequate to travel on wet or slick roads and could lead to a collision.
Contact our North Charleston Truck Accident Attorney for Help
Truck drivers should always be careful no matter what the weather or road conditions may be. If you have been injured due to a negligent truck driver or trucking company, your first call should be to a highly experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney. At the Hartman Law Firm LLC, we understand the many complexities involved in truck accident cases and can help you obtain the full value you deserve. Please call our office for a free consultation at 842-300-7600 today.