How Do Wet Weather Conditions Impact Tractor Trailers?

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Professional truck drivers are supposed to be trained to know what to do when driving in wet weather. Unfortunately, many drivers are under-trained or show a complete disregard to the dangers they could inflict on others. 

Truck drivers can be negligent, overworked, under-trained, or just victim to mechanical failure. When weather conditions are wet, the challenges of driving a truck are that much more hazardous. Often mistakes are made which can lead to serious accidents.

 

Wet weather conditions are a major factor for tractor trailers because of their higher center of gravity and their size and weight, they are less stable. They also require longer stopping distances and a wet road can impair their ability to do so. Truck drivers should slow down to avoid hydroplaning and should leave plenty of space between their truck and other vehicles so they are able to stop safely.

 

In wet conditions the roads surface may be more slippery than it appears. Where other vehicles have dripped oil on the road, these spots are extremely slick when wet.

 

Professional truck drivers are supposed to be trained to know what to do when driving in wet weather. Unfortunately, many drivers are under-trained or show a complete disregard to the dangers they could inflict on others.

 

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a truck accident, contact the Truck Accident Lawyers at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm. Since 1991, our Truck Accident Lawyers have been standing up for the rights of accident victims in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois. We are trial lawyers that are not afraid to take cases to the courtroom to ensure that justice is done. Call us today at (314) 588-7200 for a free and private consultation.

 

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