Pennsylvania weather is known for being unpredictable. One minute it can be sunny and dry. The next it can be icy and slick roads. Wintry weather, hurricanes, and significant rainstorms can cause travel to become treacherous. And yet, truck drivers continue to barrel down the road at unsafe speeds, creating a catastrophe in their wake.
If you are involved in a truck accident where lousy weather played a factor, you’ll need to have someone to protect your rights against the trucking company. At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers have decades of experience handling all types of weather-related truck accidents. With more than $110 million in settlements and verdicts, we are prepared to fight your battle both in and out of the courtroom to make sure you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Truck Driving and Bad Weather Don’t Mix
According to the Federal Highway Administration, an average of 5,748,000 motor vehicle accidents occur each year. Of those number of crashes, 22 percent are weather-related. And with more and more trucks on our highways, many of these accidents involve tractor-trailers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states the number of fatal truck accidents caused by weather conditions has increased between 2014 and 2016, from 3,429 in 2014 to 3,964 in 2016. In 2016, the FMCSA reports that weather conditions caused 104,000 truck accident injuries.
Federal Regulations for Driving in Adverse Conditions
Federal regulations require any driver of a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, semi-trailer, or other large truck to use “extreme caution” when driving in adverse conditions. The law defines hazardous conditions to include:
- Ice and sleet
- Fog and mist
These conditions reduce both a driver’s visibility and tire traction. Truck drivers are required by law to reduce their speed or stop altogether if the conditions become hazardous.