A Seattle truck accident attorney discusses how high winds cause commercial truck accidents, injuries, and fatalities, and how truck crashes can be prevented.

Wind Could Be a Factor in Your Washington Truck Accident Case

Andrew Kim
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Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death and Catastrofic Injuries Attorney

Some of the most serious truck accidents take place when tractor-trailers tip over, sometimes colliding with other vehicles, sometimes striking surrounding infrastructure, sometimes blocking the road for oncoming traffic and causing chain-reaction crashes. One of the common causes of commercial truck roll-overs and tip-overs is high winds.

When can high winds strike?

  • During storms and other weather events
  • On bridges and overpasses
  • On roads near canyons or ravines
  • On open roads

High winds are a much larger threat to 18-wheelers and big rigs than they are a threat to smaller vehicles. Trucks that are pulling boxed trailers create a wide, flat, and tall surface that can catch wind much like a sail. Forceful winds will blast the sides of these trailers, causing them to rock from side to side when the truck is in motion. The rocking can throw off the balance of the truck, causing the truck driver to lose control or causing the truck itself to roll over.

Even though high winds can be a factor in Washington commercial truck accidents, they are often not the only cause of these crashes. These truck crashes often take place because high winds exacerbated another issue:

  • Improperly loaded trailer. If a trailer is not packed correctly, it can be significantly more susceptible to high winds. For example, if the cargo shifts during travel because it is not properly tied down, or if the cargo is top-heavy, wind is more likely to throw the trailer off balance.
  • Speeding. A speeding truck is more likely to lose control if its trailer is rocked by the wind. It’s also important to note that “speeding” means traveling too fast for road conditions, not just traveling above the posted speed limit.
  • Inattentive or reckless driver. Did the trucker heed warning signs about high wind in the area? Was the trucker speeding or changing lanes in a dangerous fashion? Even though wind was part of the problem, a bad truck driver could also have been at fault for the accident.

If you have been involved in a Washington truck accident, you may deserve compensation. Even if you believe that wind was a major factor in the crash, it is important to understand that the truck driver or trucking company may also have been at fault. To learn more about your case and to request a free case evaluation, call Andrew Kim today: 800.636.3676.