Fort Wayne, IN- Winter storm Neptune, which is blanketing the parts of the south and New England in snow and ice, contributed to numerous deadly accidents, some involving multiple tractor-trailers, across the Midwest over the weekend.
In Indiana, a pile-up, involving four vehicles and caused by white-out conditions, led to the death of a 7 year-old girl.
In Ohio, a 24 year-old man was killed when the car he was riding in slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer and ran off the road. There were a number of accidents caused by snowy conditions including a 20 car pile-up that only involved minor injuries.
In New York, a woman and her 9 year-old daughter was killed when their Dodge truck ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer, according to the Buffalo News.
White-out conditions also led to a 20 vehicle pile-up, also in Ohio, that led to the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. The woman and her husband were trapped in their vehicle for a significant period of time because it was crushed by tractor-trailer, according to WKYC.
Over the past several weeks, there have numerous chain-reaction collisions, involving tractor-trailers, spurred on by winter weather. All of these accidents show how winter weather can turn a highway into a death trap. All motorists whether they are driving a car or a large commercial truck, need to take steps to prevent a deadly accident when driving in winter weather.
Those step include traveling at a slower speeds. When snow and ice conditions exist, speed can be a killer. Motorists and truck drivers can easily lose control of their vehicles and go into a spin. In winter weather, slow and steady travel could save lives.
While many commercial truck accidents can be attributed to the actions of passenger vehicle motorists, there are numerous occasions in which a truck driver can be blamed. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed because of a truck driver’s negligent actions, a truck accident attorney can work to get the victims they represent a fair settlement for their pain and suffering.
Even when a winter storm grips an area, truck drivers must put safety first. Regulations put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require truck drivers to cease operations when road conditions make travel dangerous. Drivers are required by law to slow down and take other measures to prevent an accident in spite of the deadlines they must meet. Not doing so could make a truck driver liable for any injuries or deaths they cause, even if weather was a contributory factor.
Not taking precautions in winter weather opens up a truck driver to a personal injury or wrongful death suit. Truck accident victims are urged to contact a truck accident attorney immediately so they can evaluate the details of their case and begin working on their injury claim. With a solid claim, a victim can recoup the costs associated with their accident, which can include medical bills, funeral expenses, property repair and lost wages.
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