High winds are a common cause of tractor-trailer roll-overs in Washington, but many of these crashes could be prevented. A Seattle injury attorney explains.

Preventing Truck Accidents Caused By High Winds


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8/18/2013
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It’s a misconception that we can’t prevent traffic accidents that are caused by weather conditions. In fact, there are many actions we can take – on the personal, state, and federal levels – that can reduce the number of crashes caused by poor road conditions. This is very true when it comes to commercial tractor-trailer accidents caused by high winds. Let’s take a look at what can be done to curb this issue, prevent accidents, and save lives:

  • Warning signs in high wind areas. High winds can strike anywhere, but there are areas where strong winds and wind gusts are more common than others. Adding warning signs and wind tubes on bridges, open plains, and overpasses could help heighten awareness and prevent crashes.
  • Better federal regulations. Tighter federal regulations and better enforcement could ensure that truck companies properly pack their cargo – a move that would prevent a significant number of wind-related roll-overs.
  • Better training for truck drivers. Truckers behind the wheel can take a number of actions to prevent roll-overs caused by wind. Slowing down their vehicle, being aware of high wind areas, and getting off of the road during violent storms are just three examples. More educated truckers mean fewer accidents.
  • Consequences for bad truckers. Some commercial truck accidents that involve wind could have been prevented if truckers were more attentive or less reckless. If truckers and truck companies were always punished when the accidents they cause harm others, fewer accidents would take place in the future.

Have you been harmed in a Washington truck accident that involved wind and possibly other factors? You may deserve compensation. Call Seattle personal injury attorney Andrew Kim today to schedule a free, private consultation: 800-636.3676.



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