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Truck Accidents in Rainy or Foggy Conditions

Published in truck accident on November 20, 2019.

Truck accidents can occur in any weather conditions, but they are more likely when the weather is rainy or foggy. When road surfaces are wet, trucks can hydroplane, causing them to collide with other vehicles. Moreover, foggy conditions can reduce visibility, leading to a collision with another vehicle.

Some truck drivers fail to operate their vehicles in accordance with the weather conditions, and as a result, they can cause serious motor vehicle accidents. If they are at fault, they could also be liable for the personal injuries and damages that result from the accident. In addition, the employer trucking company could be fully or partially responsible for any accidents and injuries that occur.

If you have been injured in a truck accident that occurred during rainy or foggy weather conditions, the experienced Macon truck accident attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law could assist you with all aspects of your personal injury case. Call us today at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help you.  

Hydroplaning in the Rain

Just as with other motor vehicles, large trucks, including tractor-trailers and big rigs, have rubber wheels. When road surfaces are wet, and the large truck or tractor-trailer is moving at a high rate of speed, the tractor and/or trailer could hydroplane. When that happens, it could be extremely difficult for the driver to control the vehicles, causing them to collide with another vehicle.

Due to the large weight and size of a large truck or tractor-trailer, a collision with a smaller vehicle could be potentially devastating and damaging. When road conditions are bad, truck drivers should make sure that they are following the posted speed limit for trucks, or better yet, that they are driving under the posted speed limit. Driving slowly can help to avoid hydroplaning and serious accidents and injuries that could result therefrom. 

Foggy Weather Conditions

When the weather is foggy, driving can be extremely hazardous for large trucks and other vehicles. Fog significantly reduces visibility, and truck drivers must be especially alert during these adverse weather conditions. When the weather is foggy, truck drivers must be sure to operate their vehicles slowly and ensure that all of the necessary lighting on the truck is in working order. This will allow the truck driver to see other vehicles and will allow other drivers to be able to see the truck.

Truck Driver Negligence

When truck drivers operate their vehicles in a negligent manner during adverse weather conditions, and an accident occurs, they could potentially be responsible for these accidents and any injuries that occur. Truck driver negligence could include speeding, failing to properly maintain the truck, and/or driving too fast for the weather conditions. In addition, when the truck driver is an employee of a trucking company, then the trucking company could also be responsible for the accidents and injuries that result from truck driver negligence.

Call a Macon Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident that was caused by truck driver negligence, let the experienced attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law assist you with negotiating or litigating your case today. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Macon truck accident lawyer, please call us at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help you. 

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