You may hear that truck accidents are often caused by bad weather, but weather is not an excuse for truck accidents. Trucking regulations hold truck drivers and trucking companies to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles. Truckers are required to use extreme caution in hazardous conditions, and if the conditions are bad enough, they are required to pull over and wait it out.
Truckers are, or are supposed to be, trained to recognize dangerous conditions and how to handle them. But trucking companies often push their drivers to continue and make deliveries on time during bad weather, and they often put undertrained driver behind the wheel. This is just one of the many reasons why trucking accident cases are so complex.
High Winds Pose Dangers for Trucks
Large commercial trucks are susceptible to high winds. This is a known danger in the industry, not a freak thing that just “happens” sometimes. Trucking companies are often liable for truck accidents caused by high winds for many reasons, including putting an undertrained driver on the road in those conditions and for routing drivers though areas known to be higher risk during windy conditions when they could have sent them on a safer route.
If you were injured in a passenger vehicle or as a truck driver, due to trucking company negligence, you can recover compensation for your injuries. Weather does not relieve the trucking companies of their responsibilities.
To learn more about your rights after a Georgia trucking accident, please call Robbins Law, PC, at 800-772-5555 or email us today.