Why Do Tractor Trailers Slide in Bad Weather?
There are three main reasons why tractor trailers tend to slide in bad weather. Armed with this knowledge and the help of a tractor trailer accident attorney from First Accident Lawyers, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit if you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident.
Reasons for Sliding
First, the traction necessary for the tires of the tractor trailer to safely maintain contact with the road may be compromised by the conditions inherent with bad weather, such as rain, sleet, or snow. Additionally, conditions such as high winds, perhaps resulting in dust storms, as well as fog, mist, or smoke from a local fire may be a factor.
Second, the responsible party (whether it is the driver, owner, or operator of the tractor trailer) must maintain the vehicle properly, considering issues such as tire tread and proper tire inflation.
Third, driver error must be considered, such as driving at an unsafe speed, following too closely, and any distractions that may cause the driver to be inattentive (for example, cell phone use).
However, truckers are professionals and understand that driving safely is essential to their livelihood and personal well-being, as well as to others’ safety on the road.
A primary reason why trucks slide in bad weather is due to the fact that trucking companies rarely adjust their schedules because of bad weather. This means the truck driver is expected to be at a certain place, at a certain time, no matter what.
Federal regulations require truckers to be cognizant of both the weather conditions and what should be done in response. Reduced speed is one option, but under extreme conditions, you as the trucker must “cease operations” (that is, pull over until it is safe to resume driving).
Contact a Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney
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