Weather related auto accidents are a common occurrence on U.S. roadways, accounting for 23 to 25 percent of car and truck accidents every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), snow and sleet account for more than 55,000 car and truck accident injuries annually.
Truck accidents are a worst-case scenario during poor weather, as they are more destructive and more likely to lead to fatalities.
Winter weather has caused numerous problems around the country, and Colorado has seen its share of winter weather accidents. Interstate-25 was shut down earlier last month when a semi-truck spun out of control and crashed during bad weather. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the road conditions were snowy and wet, essentially perfect conditions for causing a severe accident. Over 75 gallons of diesel fuel had to be cleaned off the road, causing a large traffic jam and a shutdown of the interstate.
What Driving Habits Are Likely to Cause a Truck Accident During Bad Weather?
Poor weather is just one factor capable of causing car and truck accidents. Road debris, construction zones, poor driving habits and fatigue can contribute to truck accidents. Speeding and fatigued driving are a major cause of truck accidents, especially during poor weather.
Speed is a common factor in rollover accidents involving large trucks. Last month, an accident in La Junta involving a tanker truck rollover killed a man. Colorado State Patrol has issued a statement saying that speed was a main factor in the accident. There is no room for error in poor weather, and speeding can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.
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