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Why do truck accidents happen in the winter?

If you have ever taken to the roads of Ohio during the winter months, you know one thing to be true: It can be very dangerous to make your way from point A to point B. Truck accidents can happen at any time of the year. It doesn't matter if it is hot and sunny or cold and snowy, it only takes one mistake to cause a serious crash.

Sometimes, winter weather plays a part in causing a motor vehicle accident. This is particularly true as far as trucks are concerned. When the snow hits and the winds pick up, it is important for everybody on the road to slow down. Unfortunately, truckers don't often do this as they are in a hurry to reach their destination. As a result, they push the limit and end up causing an accident.

In addition to slowing down, truck drivers should maintain a safe distance between other vehicles. The same holds true for those who are operating a passenger vehicle. The more space left between vehicles the less chance there is of an accident.

Ohio winters can be difficult to navigate. If you find yourself on the road, stay aware of what each and every truck is doing. This can be the difference between being involved in an accident and remaining safe, day in and day out.

Even though accidents happen, there are things all drivers, including truckers, can do to lessen the likelihood. A solid understanding of why truck accidents happen in the winter is the first step in remaining safe.

Source: Geico, "Winter Weather Driving Tips," accessed Feb. 03, 2016

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