When the roadways are 100 percent dry during the warm summer months, it doesn’t mean that people can drive as fast and recklessly as they want. The same holds true during the cold winter months when the weather takes a turn for the worse. In fact, even more due diligence is required.
When conditions are less than ideal, it is essential for all drivers, truckers in particular, to pay close attention to what is going on around them. Not realizing that the weather is changing can increase the chance of an accident.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, weather can lead to trouble on the roadways. Here is what the department had to say:
“Weather acts through visibility impairments, precipitation, high winds, and temperature extremes to affect driver capabilities, vehicle performance (i.e., traction, stability and maneuverability), pavement friction, roadway infrastructure, crash risk, traffic flow, and agency productivity.”
For example, any type of precipitation, such as rain or snow, can decrease visibility distance. At the same time, it can reduce pavement friction, making it more difficult to maintain control of a truck or other vehicle.
When truckers ignore weather conditions, they are putting themselves, as well as everybody else, in harm’s way. They may not realize this to be true, but it is a risk nobody should be willing to take.
Regardless of the state, bad weather can increase the chance of a truck accident. When you combine these conditions with a trucker who is driving recklessly, the end result can be a disaster. If a person is injured because a trucker acted in a negligent manner, he or she may eventually look into their legal rights.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “How Do Weather Events Impact Roads?” Dec. 24, 2014