Weather experts who are predicting a windy winter for Florida, with the possibility of tornadoes and other high wind storms. High winds can present serious dangers for tractor trailer drivers and the cars traveling around them. Truck drivers must recognize the dangers of high winds and adjust their driving accordingly so as to prevent serious accidents. In the event of a wind related crash, truck drivers who did not take appropriate precautions can be held accountable.
The Miami truck accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone and Urbano have witnessed several wind related truck crashes. Florida is fortunate to not experience snow or frequent ice, but winds can present an issue. Our truck accident attorneys understand that just because a truck accident was weather related does not mean the truck driver or trucking company cannot be held accountable.
Avoiding Wind Related Tractor Trailer Accidents
Commercial truck drivers should understand that high winds can be quite dangerous. Semi trucks can be especially prone to wind interference because they are so much larger than cars and the surface of the trailer creates an almost sail like surface that can catch the wind. High winds can cause the entire trailer to move, which can lead to accidents. When a trailer is empty, it is even more likely to move in the event of high winds because there is insufficient weight to hold it.
Truck drivers must make themselves aware of windy conditions and learn how to drive safely in them, or to stop driving altogether where there is a serious risk that the wind could interfere with the truck. Truckers should check the weather before setting out and pay close attention to roadside signs that indicate warnings as to high winds. Truckers should also be aware that their speed can make winds more dangerous. Excessive speed will make the pressure greater under, over, and around the trailer. Accordingly, the best way to proceed in windy conditions is to slow down or, if necessary, stop and wait it out.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that commercial truckers, in the event of hazardous conditions, shall use extreme caution. This heightened responsibility on the part of truckers recognizes the dangers they could place themselves and other drivers in if they fail to adjust to adverse weather conditions. The FMCSA states even further that if conditions are so bad as to render driving dangerous, the trucker must stop and resume when it is safe to do so.
If you are injured in a weather related truck accident, consult with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assess whether the truck driver involved in your accident acted negligently given the weather conditions. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses related to the accident.
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