Our client was operating a semi truck in Pennsylvania when another semi crossed the highway into his path causing his semi to turn over and end up on the edge of the road in ice and snow. Not only did our client sustain severe injury particularly to his face, but the other semi driver who was operating in an unsafe manner in bad weather caught fire and burned up. These cases with unsafe driving by huge trucks can be tragic. We collected all insurance available of 1 million with lifetime benefits and income for our client.
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New truck drivers are not experienced in everything that can go wrong. Brake fade can result from improper braking techniques and it can lead to brake failure. Improper downshifting can result in the loss of a gear during deceleration or traveling downhill. That means that the truck is out of control.
Often times bad weather lead to semi truck accident. Weather conditions can make a difference in the way you drive. The most dangerous weather condition are ones that create low to zero visibility such as fog, dust storm, heavy rain or blizzard. It is best to pull over and wait for conditions to improve before continuing to drive. At very least, slow down to a speed safe for the weather. Be sure you can see and be seen.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulation 392.14 reads “Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated. Whenever compliance with the foregoing provisions of this rule increases hazard to passengers, the commercial motor vehicle may be operated to the nearest point at which the safety of passengers is assured.”
From the above regulation one can see that poor driving conditions or hazardous driving conditions that the truck driver still has the responsibility until the conditions improve. Bad weather is not an excuse that allows a truck driver to get out of responsibility for a poor weather truck accident incurring. In Bad weather driving situations one should be cautions and if necessary pull off the road at a safe location until the weather improves.
Some examples of hazardous weather driving conditions include:
- Wet roads – rain is something that frequently occurs in the area. However, when the roads become slick make sure to slow down, test your brakes, and turn down or off distractions.
- Fog – driving in fog is extremely dangerous and should be avoided when possible. Driving in the fog is dangerous because fog creates decreased visibility of what is ahead of you.
- Icy/Snow – winter makes the roads dangerous for even the most skilled drivers. Try to avoid driving fast and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Icy roads might increase the distance needed to properly stop your vehicle.
Bad weather truck accidents mainly occur because of pressure from the trucking company to have the truck driver deliver the load without regard to the risk to other motorists. When a large truck causes injuries to you or your loved one because of bad weather, please know that poor weather is not an acceptable excuse. After a bad weather truck accident you should consider speaking with a lawyer who represent you legal rights. After a poor weather truck accident occurs an experienced truck accident lawyer should conduct a prompt investigation as to why the driver was continue in such dangerous conditions.
Aggressive driving and road rage – Drivers may be running on lack of sleep and stress of driving and may easily fall victim to road rage. Drivers may feel under pressure or subjected to road obstacles like construction, traffic, etc.
Stimulants – Due to lack of sleep, drivers may use stimulants to remain awake. Any drug use can lead to speeding, inattentive driving, and reckless driving that are even more dangerous when combined with a the size of a semi.
Inattentive driving – Drivers may exhibit poor judgment by watching videos, texting, using a cell phone or computer, playing video games while driving. Sometimes drivers spend days on the road and allow boredom to distract them when they should remain focused on the road.
According to federal law, a truck driver and the company managing the truck must follow a number of rules to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of the vehicle. Some of these rules include:
- Driver must have a Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) license
- Driver must not drive while ill or fatigued
- Driver may not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Driver must obey speed limits
- Driver must obey safety regulations regarding the loading of cargo
- Driver must perform periodic inspections
- Driver must drive with extreme caution in hazardous situations
- Driver must warn the public when a truck is stopped on the side of the road
Unsafe drivers are often on our roads and highways. But unsafe truck drivers can cause catastrophic injury to drivers of smaller cars. Injury Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart has recovered millions over forty years for clients hurt by careless big truck drivers. Call our law firm at 888-782-9090 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
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In trucking injury cases, multiple parties could be held liable for your injuries. An experienced truck wreck attorney can help you find all the negligent parties and seek full compensation for your injuries. In any commercial truck collision injury case, your recovery should take into account the immediate needs of you and your family as well as all future expenses including medical bills, rehabilitation or therapy, lost earning capacity, and long-term care, if needed. Victims may also be entitled to seek punitive damages, pain and suffering, and other compensation against the at-fault parties. In some cases, the victim’s family can seek restitution for loss of consortium (companionship) or a wrongful death claim if the injuries lead to the passing of their loved one. Contact us 24/7 if you are the victim of a semi-injury.