The recent snowstorm which plagued the northeast earlier this week could
have been a lot worse than it was, but still created some very dangerous
conditions on the roadways for drivers. This is particularly true for
truck drivers who may be driving from out-of-state through New York with
large and heavy cargo loads. Trucks such as semis, tractor trailers, flatbeds,
and other similar vehicles take longer to stop because they have higher
momentum due to their heavy weight.
During the winter, snow and ice on the roadway also decrease friction and
extend the time it takes all vehicles to stop. If it is snowing or sleeting,
these conditions could also decrease visibility and make other vehicles
harder to see. This combination of increased momentum, decreased friction,
and decreased visibility create a recipe for very serious
Newburgh truck accidents.
All drivers, including truck drivers, owe a duty to use reasonable care
under the circumstances in the use and operation of their motor vehicles.
This is commensurate with the weather conditions, meaning motorists most
use more care in inclement weather to prevent motor vehicle accidents.
This requires truck drivers to take particular care and addition when
the roads are snow or ice covered.
When truck drivers are not careful during the winter when roadways are
slippery, this conduct can result in serious personal injury or death
in a motor vehicle accident. Our
Newburgh truck accident attorneys have handled many different types of truck accidents, most of which result
in very serious and life-change injuries. These types of accidents include
- Rear-end collisions;
- Sliding accidents;
- T-bone collisions;
- Head-on crashes;
- Side-swipes; and
- Evasive maneuver accidents.
Even if a truck driver on the highway attempts to stop to avoid a collision,
this may make matters worse. The truck could jack-knife and collide with
many other vehicles. The truck could also flip and land on other vehicles
or in front of other vehicles which would create a dangerous obstruction.
Simply put, the winter snow and ice can create a very serious hazard for
truck drivers who are required to take extra care in avoiding
motor vehicle accidents.
If truck drivers fail to take these precautions, they are breaching their
duty of care owed to other motorists on the roads. If this breach of duty
is the proximate cause of the motor vehicle accident, than the truck driver
will be liable for the car accident.
Learn more about car accidents in snowstorms, statistics, and safety in
our latest article available by clicking here. Read about the shocking and deadly car accident statistics in
our blog post available here.Learn about snowplow accidents and liability in
our blog post available here. Also learn about whiteout conditions and what happens with visibility
is decreased to dangerous level
in our blog post available by clicking here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
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