The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has determined in a study that 18-wheelers are significantly more difficult to control when winds exceed 25 miles per hour. Essentially, due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler, wind resistance can sometimes mount on one side of the trailer, and if the truck operator does not respond accordingly, the truck may tip over. Accidents caused by high-speed winds occur primarily on bridges, highways, overpasses, and open prairies. Whether you are a truck driver or someone who was involved in a truck accident, you must continue reading to learn more about how to stay safe, or, if you were injured, how our experineced Jacksonville firm can help you recover the compensation you need to heal.
While wind-related accidents sound frightening and almost unavoidable, the truth is, truck drivers can take several preventative measures to drastically decrease the odds of a wind-related accident occurring. For example, before setting out, they should check the weather to see whether they will encounter stormy or windy weather. Additionally, they should also prepare by ensuring that their truck is properly loaded, for an unbalanced truck is far more likely to tip over if it is hit by a high-speed gust. Finally, if a truck driver is caught in high-speed winds while he or she is on the job, the truck driver should slow down, pull over, or take a different route.
Of course, truck accidents are extremely jarring, and not to mention very frequently fatal. However, if you are injured in a truck accident and find yourself capable, please take the following steps:
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