Extreme weather conditions like high winds are hazardous for all motorists. However, strong winds are particularly dangerous for commercial truck drivers since a heavy gust of wind can catch a boxed trailer like a giant sail and push it over or throw it around.
As a board certified Texas truck wreck attorney, I know how dangerous and unpredictable wind-related crashes can be. However, sometimes these kinds of wreck could have been prevented if the semi truck driver had only taken a few precautions.
Consequently, if you or someone you love was injured in collision with a freight truck in high winds, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your right to make a claim for compensation.
Factors That Cause Wind-Related Truck Accidents
High crosswinds can blast the side of a semi-truck, causing the trailer to rock as it moves along the road. A particularly forceful gust of wind can easily blow the big rig off-course or cause it to roll over. If a truck driver is speeding (or does not sufficiently slow down) while driving through an area with high winds, the risk is even greater.
Additionally, lightly-loaded trucks and trucks with improperly loaded cargo are vulnerable in high-wind weather conditions, since less force is required to blow them around.
Failure to take aversive action in the face of dangerous weather conditions is regarded as negligence on the part of the professional truck driver, exposing both them and their employer to liability.
High Winds Increase the Risk of Truck Wrecks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that winds greater than 25 miles per hour can seriously inhibit the maneuverability and stability of large vehicles.
Highways, bridges, overpasses, and open prairies (all of which are common across North Texas) are particularly susceptible to high winds. Truckers know this.
Truck drivers are responsible for making judgment calls regarding wind conditions. If winds are too strong, they’re expected to slow down or pull over. If they don’t, they can be held responsible for any damages that result.
Have you been hurt in a truck wreck involving high winds? Don’t let medical bills and lost wages drown you into debt! Truck drivers are required to carry certain amounts of commercial truck insurance limits which is exactly what we pursue for your compensation. The lawyers at the Anderson Injury Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth have successfully resolved countless semi-truck accident cases throughout the state of Texas. To schedule a free, no obligation consultation, please call us toll free from anywhere at 800-354-6275.
Truck Accidents and Commercial Vehicle Insurance Limits
Trucking companies are required to carry large insurance policies. This is because of the nature of commercial vehicles (large, heavy, carrying cargo) and the likelihood of catastrophic accident and injury. Although insurance limits vary based on the size of a commercial motor vehicle, many trucks carry $1,000,000 in insurance or more.
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If you or someone you love has been hurt in a semi-truck accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You’re missing work, you might have unpaid medical bills, you’re in pain and you feel uncertain about the future.