Missouri Truck Accidents Caused by Dangerous Road Conditions

Driving in Adverse Road or Weather Conditions

Similar to auto accidents, truck accidents are more likely to occur when dangerous road and weather conditions are present. One study found that 25 percent of speeding-related large-truck fatalities occurred during adverse weather conditions. Office of Motor Carrier Safety Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. (1999). Speeding-Related Multi-Vehicle Fatal Crashes Involving Large Trucks (US DOT Publication No. MCRT-00-004). (pg. 2). Washington, DC: U.S.   In representing those injured in truck crashes, we encounter many examples of how truck accidents occur in dangerous weather conditions.  It is not surprising that it is difficult for a truck driver to stop his or her vehicle in dangerous road and weather conditions.  

What Type of Road Conditions are Dangerous for Truck Drivers? 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations direct companies and drivers to discontinue operating their tractor trailer vehicles in dangerous conditions. Regulation 49 CFR § 392.14 lists the following as hazardous conditions:

Snow, Ice, Sleet, Fog, Mist, Rain, Dust, and Smoke

When a truck driver encounters these conditions, he is to reduce speed and in certain circumstances, he is to cease the operation of his commercial vehicle. It is often recommended that truck drivers should reduce their speeds by 1/3 on wet roads and by ½ on snow packed roads. If the roads are icy or slick, it is recommended to stop operating the tractor trailer and not start again until the conditions have improved. 

Despite the known dangers of operating a truck in dangerous conditions, the operators of these vehicles often ignore the rules and regulations of their employers and the federal government. The drivers are often under pressure to have goods delivered in a certain amount of time and are concerned about being delayed because the hours of service regulations may require them to rest for ten hours if they reach a certain number of hours on duty. 





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