If your truck accident occurred in high winds, this may not have caused your wreck. Learn how trucker negligence is the cause of many of these crashes.

What are the causes of high wind truck accidents?

 

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Driving in high winds can be dangerous for any motorist, but the risk is even greater if an 80,000 pound big-rig truck is involved. Because commercial trucks that pull trailers are bigger, taller, and wider than other vehicles on the road, they are more likely to catch the wind, which can cause the truck’s trailer to move, especially if it is empty. The trailer may begin to rock from side to side, potentially causing the entire vehicle to become unbalanced. The trucker may lose control of his truck, or the truck might roll over. If you were injured in a truck accident caused by wind, you may still be able to hold the trucker and trucking company responsible for compensating you for your injuries.

How Trucker Negligence Can Lead to a Truck Accident in Dangerous Wind Conditions

In some cases, the high wind may be the only reason for a wreck, but truck driver negligence usually also contributes to the crash. When on the roads, truckers must be aware of upcoming dangerous weather conditions and drive accordingly. Ways that trucker and trucking company negligence are responsible for causing a high-wind crash include:

  • Improperly loaded trailer. If a trailer is not loaded correctly or the load is not properly secured, the trailer can be significantly more susceptible to high winds and more likely to sway or roll over. The danger is even greater if the trucker is engaged in another negligent action, such as speeding.
  • Speeding. A speeding truck is always more difficult for a truck driver to control, and the danger intensifies in high winds. In addition, when a truck driver is speeding, he needs more time to slow down and stop—making him unable to stop in an emergency caused by windy conditions.
  • Distracted driving. It is always dangerous for a trucker to drive when distracted by eating and drinking, his cellphone, or other activities. This is especially perilous if the trucker is driving in high winds or other dangerous weather conditions where it is more essential that all his attention be focused on his driving.
  • Driving for weather. A truck driver—like other motorists—has a duty to drive for weather conditions. If a truck driver does not slow down to a safe speed whether it is at or below the posted speed limit or does not pull over when high winds require this, he could be responsible for your injuries caused by his negligent actions.
  • Maintenance and defective parts. In some cases, a maintenance problem with a truck component, such as faulty brakes, tires, or a defective part can cause a trucker who is trying to drive safely to lose control of his trucks when winds are fierce. Additional parties, such as a truck manufacturer or maintenance facility, may face liability.

Were you injured in a truck accident caused by high winds? These cases can be more challenging because the truck driver and trucking company will try to claim that the wind—and not their own negligence—caused your injuries. You need the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney to prove their liability for compensating you and to obtain the settlement that you deserve. Fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation with a member of our truck accident legal team.