Weather-Related Truck Accidents

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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
  • Snow
  • Fog and mist
  • Rain
  • Dust
  • Smoke

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.

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However, there is an exemption to this rule. According to the FMCSA, "If unexpected adverse driving conditions slow you down, you may drive up to two extra hours to complete what could have driven in normal conditions." What the rule means if an unexpected weather event occurs while a truck driver is making a delivery, the driver can still drive up to 13 hours in the conditions. The exemption does not include predicted situations. For example, if a blizzard occurs and it was predicted prior to the first snowflakes begin to fall, then the truck driver must be off the road. However, if there's a sudden ice storm that wasn't predicted beforehand, the truck can legally stay on the road.

Severe weather can cause delays and slow-moving traffic. With delayed travel time, truck drivers may run behind schedule, leading to careless driving such as driving too fast or aggressive driving techniques. With aggressive driving in the weather, accidents occur.

What are My Options Following a Weather-Related Accident?

If you get into a truck accident and the cause is weather-related, you must act quickly to protect your rights. Remember, the trucking companies will do anything it can to make sure the blame for the accident rests on your shoulders. But with our attorneys by your side, you will not be bullied by powerful interests.

To make sure the responsible parties are held accountable, our truck accident attorneys need to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene. Once you hire our weather-related truck accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our investigators will get to work on your behalf. We will make sure there are photographs of the scene, the evidence is collected, witnesses are contacted, and the copy of the police report is secured. Our accident reconstruction experts will get to work to make sure the blame falls on the right shoulders.

Contact Our PA Truck Accident Lawyers Today

The statute of limitations to file a truck accident lawsuit is two years. Although that seems like a lengthy amount of time, you would be amazed at how quickly it can fly by. That’s why it’s essential to contact a weather-related truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

When you choose Fellerman & Ciarimboli, you know your case is in good hands. We have won more than $25 million in truck accident verdicts and settlements throughout the nation. Take the first step to the justice you deserve today. Contact the nationwide truck accident law firm of Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation.

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