Windy conditions on the open roads can be a danger to certain vehicles, especially big rig trucks. Because of their size and height, strong winds can cause trucks to roll over or go out of control, causing damaging semi truck accidents. When wind contributes to a truck accident, determining who is at fault can be challenging. Although there may be times when wind-related accidents are unavoidable, in many cases liability lies with the truck driver and decisions made while driving during high wind conditions.
Wind and Tractor Trailers - A Dangerous Combination
Due to their height and size, tractor trailer trucks in motion are especially affected by strong winds. A tailwind can cause a truck to increase speed significantly, so it is more difficult to stop; a headwind can make acceleration slower and harder to accomplish. Yet wind that blows against the broad side of the trailer is most dangerous, since it is these winds that can actually rock a truck on its axles and in more extreme instances, blow a truck right over onto its side. When this happens, any vehicles driving next to the truck can be crushed.
Who Is At Fault When Wind Is Involved?
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault for semi truck accidents when the wind is involved; it largely depends on a few important details. Determining what happened and how it happened is essential to understanding the actual driving conditions, how the driver reacted, and if the driver had any other recourse to prevent the accident. Strong winds pushing against the side of a trailer are even more dangerous on slick roads, at higher speeds, and in other conditions; all of which must be taken into consideration when determining fault.
Mechanical problems with the truck can also contribute to wind-related accidents, increasing the possibility of loss of control of the vehicle. Distracted or inattentive driving can be yet another reason why a driver can lose control in windy conditions and be involved in a trucking accident.
Like most other semi truck accidents, there are usually a number of ways that a wreck could have been avoided, even when bad weather conditions including wind are a concern. The safest thing for any driver to do in poor or dangerous conditions is to pull over and wait. Even in situations where the wind was unexpected, or did not seem severe, driver judgment and error plays a big part in determining fault.
Since higher rates of speed as well as driving on wet or icy roads make trucks susceptible to a blowover, an important question is whether or not the truck was speeding or at the least driving too fast for conditions. Drivers must realize that windy conditions increase the possibility of trucking accidents and take any necessary precautions, such as slowing down or getting off the road until conditions become more safe.
When Wind is Solely to Blame
There are times when the wind is solely to blame for trucking accidents, even if drivers are proceeding carefully and there is no other cause for the incident. People injured in semi truck accidents that are caused by wind may not be able to obtain compensation from trucking companies if drivers were driving appropriately and exercising common sense and good judgment.
High winds can be a real danger for tractor trailers and the vehicles that share the roads with them. Determining fault and who is actually liable for semi truck accidents depends on many things, including driver behavior, truck condition, road conditions, and whether or not the driver exercised caution and common sense. Those injured in wind-related trucking accidents should immediately hire an attorney experienced in these incidents, who can work to establish fault and help obtain just compensation!
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Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581
Phone: (281) 408-2190