Kentucky Truck Drivers Should Prepare for Weather and Road Hazards
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Bad weather is relatively predictable. Even when the forecast is wrong, truck drivers should be ready for every type of weather condition. Truck companies should make sure their drivers have the right equipment and that the truck is ready, too. Likewise, drivers and trucking companies should be prepared to handle any type of change in road surface, variation in traffic patterns, or other road hazards. Any error can cause a truck to flip over, to be unable to brake in time, to jack-knife, or to crash into another vehicle.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky attorneys do not accept excuses. We hold drivers and trucking companies liable when truck accidents happen in bad weather, or bumps in the road cause the driver to lose control. Our lawyers have obtained substantial jury trial verdicts and negotiated tough settlements on behalf of our clients for decades. We fight to get our clients compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other damages, such as scarring, that apply. In wrongful death cases, we bring claims on behalf of the family of the deceased loved one.
Common weather dangers
Our truck accident lawyers in Louisville and Lexington investigate the cause of each accident. Sometimes we can use just the police report. Often, we need to speak with witnesses, examine the scene of the accident, and study outside reports, such as weather reports and truck maintenance logs. The elements can cause any driver to lose control of the vehicle. In most cases, the first step a driver should take is to just slow down. Sometimes, having the right tools, such as sunglasses or windshield wipers, can make a big difference. Tires should be inspected before the trip begins. Lights need to be in working order. Drivers should be taught to drive in a slower gear.
Some of the different types of weather problems that are predictable are:
- Blinding sun can make looking straight ahead difficult
- Rain can make it hard to see and can cause oil slicks, which make braking difficult
- Fog decreases visibility
- Ice makes it very difficult, even impossible, for the tires to grip the road
- Hail is a combination of the dangers of rain and ice
- Heavy winds can make it hard to steer
In extreme weather conditions, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, the only safe course is to get off the road.
Typical road hazards
Road hazards also make it tough for the truck driver to see and steer. Our Kentucky road hazard truck accident lawyers work on many different types of road hazard cases. Common hazards include:
- Unpaved roads
- Construction sites
- Unmarked roads
- Debris on the road
- Highways with different surfaces in different lanes
Make the call to an experienced Kentucky weather and road hazard attorney today
Delay can hurt your case. In weather and road hazard cases, it is often crucial that we go to the scene of the accident to examine the surfaces. We need to speak with witnesses when their memory of the incident is fresh in their mind. Our Kentucky truck accident lawyers have the skill, experience, and resources to litigate the tough cases. Sometimes, we even bring in road construction experts to show exactly what happened.
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