When the winter weather begins to roll in each year, most drivers in and around the Pittsburgh area know that there is a serious danger on the roadways – black ice.
Black ice is dangerous for any driver on the roadway, but this is even more true for truck drivers. Weighing tens of thousands of pounds, large commercial trucks can get into serious accidents if they encounter black ice on the roadways. At the SMT Legal, our Pittsburgh, PA truck accident lawyers want to discuss tips for how truck drivers can avoid black ice accidents.
Truckers can take precautions for driving in wintry weather
Between snow and ice, snow is the lesser of two evils when it comes to truck driving. Black ice occurs when water freezes over the roadway but is not easily visible. This is an extremely dangerous condition because driving over black ice can cause a truck’s tires to lose traction. Typically, black ice forms after snow melts or rain falls and then the temperatures refreeze the water over the roadway. Each year, several truck crashes caused by black ice cause injuries in Pennsylvania.
Truckers can avoid black ice crashes by being aware of:
- Freezing temperatures: Truck drivers always need to be aware of the temperature. More than most people in this country, truck drivers travel long distances and through multiple different climates. Truck drivers should have an accurate way to measure the temperature outside of the truck so they know what the temperature is at all times. Truck drivers should also check the weather ahead of time for areas they will be driving through.
- Roadway conditions: Truck drivers should always be observant of what the road itself looks like. Does the road look dry? Does it look like it just rained? If the roadway has the appearance of a fresh rain, but there are freezing temperatures, this is called glaze and it could be a sheet of ice along the roadway. Look for a texture that looks like broken glass or that is reflective.
- Freezing rain: This is a good indication there may be problems on the roadway. Watch out for what is happening on the truck’s windshield. If ice is building up outside the reach of the wipers and on the truck’s mirrors, it may be time to slow down or even stop for the night.
We can help secure compensation for your case
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation. At the SMT Legal, our qualified and experienced team will investigate your case it worked to secure the following:
- Medical expenses related to the truck crash
- Any lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent driver