Truck Safety and Winter Conditions
Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyers
Many people dread winter driving. Between traffic slowdowns and icy roadway conditions, winter driving can be exhausting, stressful, and dangerous. Winter road conditions might have an even more dramatic impact on the safety of trucks that share the road with you. With greater mass, trucks can have a harder time stopping in wet and icy conditions, and with more hours on the road, the exhaustion of winter driving might wear even more on truck drivers than drivers of passenger vehicles.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of winter accident with a truck, the truck accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. in Washington, DC can help you get through some of the difficult issues you face. Please schedule a free consultation today.
Although many days in the winter offer clear driving conditions, many others can be treacherous. Freezing rain coats the roads with ice. Blowing snow obscures the road and other vehicles. Harsh winds blow your car and can make it even more difficult to maintain your car in its place on the road.
And as hard as it can be to deal with snow and other winter weather conditions, it is even more difficult to anticipate and react to how other drivers are dealing with the same conditions. Some drivers are very confident, even overconfident with their ability to deal with winter weather, while others crawl along cautiously. Getting caught between these drivers can be a deadly situation.
Different for Trucks
Truck accidents may be more likely in winter conditions. There are many reasons why trucks experience winter conditions differently from other vehicles. With greater weight, they are sometimes better able to negotiate slick roads, but at a certain point, their weight turns against them and they can slide or lose control more easily. Truck drivers often need to leave even greater braking distance in front of them than normal. Strong winds are also more of a factor for large trucks, which present a wide cross-section and are more easily blown over.
Driver fatigue can slow reaction time and cloud driver judgment, making it a deadly combination with slick, icy roads.
Why Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel for Your Truck Accident Case
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, you need representation that understands the subtleties of truck accident litigation. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. has extensive experience dealing with truck accidents in the Washington, DC area. We know many of the approaches trucking companies, insurance companies, and their lawyers will use to shift responsibility away from themselves to try to leave you to pay for your injuries. Our experience increases your odds of success in a trucking accident lawsuit.
If you would like to learn more about how to pursue a lawsuit against a trucking company responsible for your accident and how we can help, please schedule a free consultation with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. in Washington, DC.