Adverse Weather Increases Risk of Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Atlanta Georgia


October 04, 2011

There are factors that can be controlled while a person is driving including speed, control and attention. Weather is one factor a driver cannot control, and a fourth of all accidents in the U.S. are caused by poor weather according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Typical weather that can cause road-related vehicle crashes is rain, fog, sleet and snow.

Rain is not only a more common occurrence but also one of the most dangerous weather conditions that drivers can face. When the roads are slippery, vehicles will have difficulty stopping, which is especially true for truck drivers. In a study done in 2006 involving tractor-trailer accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revealed that weather ranked in the top 20 reasons for truck accidents.

Truck drivers are responsible for exercising proper caution when traveling in inclement weather conditions under federal regulations. These rules actually contain a section devoted specifically to what judgements a truck driver is required to make in the event of poor weather. The regulations provide that if hazardous conditions exists, then a truck driver is required to reduce the tractor-trailer’s speed. If the conditions continue to deteriorate, then the truck driver should stop until they are able to resume their driving under safer conditions.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident during bad weather and the accident involved a tractor-trailer truck, you should seek legal counsel from an attorney who has experience with trucking-related accidents. We invite you to contact our office today to speak with one of our truck accident attorneys.

Even though truck drivers and trucking companies are aware of the danger posed by bad weather and the requirements under federal regulations, the need to make a profit may cause some to look the other way to various degrees with respect to these safety requirements and regulations. Time is money in the trucking industry. If commercial trucks are not moving and delivering loads, then these trucking companies are not making money.

These trucking companies lose an estimated 32 million vehicle hours due to weather-related congestion in the nation's cities. This type of pressure causes some truck drivers to violate hours of service regulations so that they are on the road when they are fatigued. The financial pressure may also force commercial truck drivers to press on in bad weather. Truck drivers who make this choice not only endanger their own lives but the lives of all other motor vehicle drivers on the road.

If you or someone you love suffers serious injuries or is killed in a Georgia trucking accident, the compassionate team of attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, may be able to help you seek the compensation necessary to obtain medical and rehabilitative care, and to compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In some situations it is also possible to be paid punitive damages, which are designed to punish and deter a defendant due to particularly egregious conduct.

Our experience handling Georgia trucking accidents means we know how to preserve important evidence. This important evidence can disappear quickly following a serious Georgia trucking accident so it is imperative you contact an experienced Atlanta trucking accident lawyer promptly. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities, towns and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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