Winter weather advisories caution drivers to drive carefully and to avoid getting out in the mess unless it is absolutely necessary. Whenever possible, it’s wise to heed such warnings. Driving in ice storms is always treacherous, but especially so in areas like Atlanta, where such conditions happen infrequently and drivers are unaccustomed to driving in them.
When it comes to big rigs, the stakes are a lot higher in ice storms. Semi-tractor trailers need longer distances to stop even on dry pavement in optimal weather. Their presence on icy roads is a genuine threat to public safety, but should trucks be restricted from operating in ice storms?
SHARING THE ROADS WITH BIG TRUCKS
The trucking industry transports more than 70% of all freight in the U.S. Without trucks, store shelves would be barren. In inclement weather, when consumers tend to stock up on goods, the fleets of semi-tractor trailers across our nation are charged with keeping us fed. Truth is, we need trucks rolling on the highways to keep our economy moving.
Unfortunately, ice storms are not ideal conditions for fully loaded big rigs. Accidents involving large trucks can cause extreme injury and damage and are frequently fatal to other motorists. In hazardous weather, ideally no one would have to be on the roads, but we don’t always have the option of staying home in an ice storm.
Truck drivers are often tired, distracted, in a rush to complete their routes, or a combination of all three. Trucking companies routinely neglect to maintain their trucks on schedule. Trucks all too often lack good tire tread for positive traction and effective braking on slick roads.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck collision, you know the devastation a big rig can inflict. And you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering or loss you have endured. To successfully fight for your legal rights against trucking companies, their insurers and drivers, you need qualified personal injury lawyers, such as those at the Fry | Goehring, with experience in litigating cases like yours.
Come in and share your case with us in a free initial consultation. We will determine your best course of action to get the justice you deserve.