When weather conditions turn hazardous, the roads can become treacherous. One fifth of all truck accidents are caused by hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rains, hail, tornadoes, straight line winds, fog and icy roads. Safe driving techniques employed during good weather are inefficient in bad weather.Driving in adverse weather conditions means driving extra cautiously and with greater attention to the road at reduced speeds, while maintaining a safe distance between vehicles.Bad Weather Driving TipsKeep your headlights onKeep a safe distance between vehicles Slow down, it takes longer to stop on slippery, wet roads Check your vehicles' antifreeze levels, wiper blades, headlights, tires and battery before heading out, especially during hazardous weather conditions Avoid unnecessary lane changes Keep both hands on the wheel Avoid distractionsTruck accidents caused by adverse weather conditions often have catastrophic results for other motorists. It is more difficult to regain control of a truck sliding on a wet pavement than a passenger vehicle. A collision between a car and a truck is fifty times more likely to injure or kill the occupants of the smaller vehicle than the truck driver.Eligibility for Financial CompensationIf you are injured in a truck accident during hazardous weather conditions because a truck driver failed to operate his big rig safely, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. You may be financially compensated for any medical expenses, your pain and suffering, lost income, rehabilitation costs and any other expenses you had to incur as a result of your accident. Protect Your Legal RightsIt is vitally important you act without delay after an accident to gather essential evidence and information in the event of future litigation and to be represented by an experienced truck accident attorney who will protect your legal rights and get you the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
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