Tuscaloosa, AL- With winter just around the corner, it’s a good time to discuss truck accidents and inclement weather. Rain, fog, snow and ice can turn any road or highway into a major hazard for passenger vehicle motorists and truck drivers alike. In inclement weather, all motorists should take steps to prevent a tragic collision, but too many motorists fail to take due caution and people get hurt or killed as a result.
A truck accident, which occurred this week in upstate New York, demonstrates the pain failing to take caution under bad weather conditions can cause an accident victim and their loved ones.
The accident occurred in Sullivan County early Wednesday morning, around 3:15 a.m. as freezing rain began to fall in the mountainous Catskill region. Police say that as the freezing rain began to cover Route 17, the driver of a tractor-trailer, traveling westbound, began to lose traction and applied his brakes to gain control. As that driver braked, four other tractor-trailers and two passenger vehicles, also traveling westbound, were unable to stop and collided with first tractor-trailer.
Three of the five trucks jackknifed and overturned, causing the road to be closed for several hours as crews cleaned up the debris, the Times Herald-Record reported.
One of the drivers involved in the wreck, an unidentified woman, was pronounced dead on the scene.
One of the first responders told the Times Herald-Record that one of the cars was completely crushed, stating metal debris from the car was “scattered everywhere.”
Four truck drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police are still investigating this accident.
Truck accidents often entail fatalities and serious injuries because of the weight and size of these commercial vehicles. If your life has been turned upside down by an accident, our team of Alabama truck accident attorneys will give you individual attention and help you build an injury claim that will result in an optimal settlement.
In inclement weather, truck drivers must take extra care as required be safety regulations outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Those regulations require truck drivers to cease operation when road conditions become too adverse for safe travel.Drivers are required by law to slow down and take other steps to prevent an accident if they are driving in heavy rain, snow, icy conditions, fog, low visibility and high winds. In more adverse weather conditions, the FMCSA requires drivers to cease operations regardless of the deadlines they must meet. And truck companies are not allowed to force a driver on the road when weather forbids safe travel.
Failing to take due caution under these bad weather conditions means a truck driver, or a trucking company can be considered negligent if an accident occurs. Truck accident victims should seek the advice of an Alabama truck attorney to see if they have been injured or lost a loved one. In most cases, they will be eligible for significant compensation to cover their medical cost along with their pain and suffering.