Young Man Suffers Fatal Injuries Following Snowy Tractor-Trailer Accident in Maine
While a significant portion of the United States has had a mild winter with minimal snow, the Northeast part of the country has continued to get slammed by a cold, icy and snowy winter. This weather has made it difficult for many drivers to feel safe on the roadways when trying to get from point A to point B. Weather always has the potential to be a contributing factor to catastrophic and deadly auto accidents, and it is important to take all possible steps to prevent an accident when driving in bad weather.
According to a news report from CentralMaine.com, a recent Maine accident has tragically reminded us of how dangerous snowy weather can be, especially when large tractor trailers are involved. In the early morning hours of a cold and snowy Saturday, a 21-year-old man tragically suffered fatal injuries after slamming into the side of a tractor-trailer.
Authorities have indicated that the young driver's pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign and could not avoid striking the axles of the tractor trailer that left the young man trapped in his pickup truck. At the same time, the tractor trailer was driving in the passing lane of the roadway at the time of the accident, given that the right-side lane had not yet been treated for snow.
Is Anyone to Blame for this Accident?
When there are multiple potential causes of an accident, it is sometimes difficult to place blame on one person. For example, it is unclear whether or not the 21-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign because the roads were slippery, or for some other reason. This is something that may be uncovered after a more thorough investigation, although, authorities have said that weather may have contributed to this accident.
Regardless of whether or not the young driver ran the stop sign because of weather or because of another reason, it is important that all drivers take safety measures to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident in bad weather. Such safety measures include the following:
- Ensure your vehicle is equipped for driving in the snow – Many drivers brave the snow even if their vehicles are not prepared for this type of weather. For example, if a vehicle does not have four-wheel drive and/or snow tires, driving safely on the road may prove to be difficult and unsafe for both the driver and others on the roadway.
- Drive much slower than you normally would – It goes without saying that driving fast in bad weather is not a good idea, but it still should be emphasized and not overlooked. It takes much longer to stop on slippery roadways, so the slower a driver approaches a stop sign, stop light or intersection, the more likely that the driver will be able to come to a complete stop.
- Avoid distractions – When driving in bad weather, your undivided attention to the road and other drivers is crucial. Texting, posting on social media sites, listening to loud music, eating and even simply having a conversation with a passenger can be significant distractors that can make it difficult to focus on driving as safely as possible.
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