Commercial trucks are the largest vehicle on the road. This can make it difficult to be driven under poor conditions, such as inclement weather. With such a significant surface area, it is possible for a truck to be impacted by strong winds. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), winds greater than 25 miles per hour can affect a truck driver’s ability to control the vehicle. That is why, in order to be safe, truck drivers must know these risks so that they work to prevent an accident. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are Causes of Wind-Related Truck Accidents?
When strong winds are present while trucks are out on the road, it can increase the chances of an accident taking place. This may be the case in the event of:
- High crosswinds: Strong winds can cause a truck to sway into other lanes or tip over on the road.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Cargo that is not loaded the right way can shift and unevenly distribute the truck’s weight, making it difficult to navigate in high winds.
- Failure to take appropriate action for weather conditions: Truck drivers must be up to date on the weather so they know what safety precautions to implement. This can include 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 different types of truck accidents that can be caused by strong winds, such as:
- Rollover accidents: Wind can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and roll it over on its side.
- Underride accidents: Drivers who hit the brakes during strong winds can cause a closely following vehicle to 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 devastating, life-changing injuries to the victims who are involved. It is because of this that these parties may choose to pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim against a negligent party. However, in order to be successful and recover compensation, the injured party is required to prove negligence took place and directly caused the injuries they sustained. Evidence that can help prove a claim can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the scene, witness testimonies, etc.
Contact our Firm
We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.