Accidents involving trucks occur frequently in the U.S. The National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study to discover the major causes of these accidents, and weather-related factors were one of the listed causes.
Different weather conditions may contribute to a crash, but winter may be the most notorious. This guide discusses why trucking accidents are common in winter months.
When temperatures are significantly low, rain may freeze when it comes into contact with the road surface. Freezing rain usually creates a slippery coating of ice on the road. Drivers are encouraged to drive at a reduced speed in such conditions. However, the size and weight of trucks may make it challenging for them to slow down, which can lead to an accident.
When the ice melts
When snow falls, it melts on the road when temperatures are not extremely low and then turns into slush. Slushy roads are slippery, and driving a heavy vehicle on them may be hazardous.
Besides, when the slush refreezes, it will form a thin layer of frozen water called black ice, which is invisible yet dangerous. Black ice reduces friction between vehicle tires and the road surface, reducing traction.
Although invisible, a driver may notice the glossiness of black ice in certain light conditions and move to routes with more traction. By failing to notice it, they may hit the ice and lose control of the vehicle.
The factors discussed above affect all vehicles, but the size and weight of trucks make them more dangerous. Truck drivers should be careful when driving on such roads, and trucking companies should train them in the safest ways to move around in winter. If you are involved in a trucking accident during this season, learn more about your case to recover damages.