While high winds are dangerous for every vehicle, there is no doubt that they pose greater risks for large trucks. The wide surface areas of big rigs make them more susceptible to unexpected swerving or even tip-overs from strong gusts. Learn more about the dangers of trucks in windy weather and how you can protect yourself as a motorist.
Most tractor-trailers are upwards of 70 feet long. Trucks’ long, flat sides extending dozens of feet essentially turn them into sails on a sailboat. In windy weather, this can have dire consequences for a truck, its driver, and everyone else on the road.
Motorists should keep an eye on other vehicles in windy weather, as strong gusts can move vehicles out of drivers’ control suddenly and unexpectedly. The warning signs of a truck out of control include the following:
- Hitting the highway rumble strips
- Swerving or fishtailing
- Tilting trailer
- Sudden braking
If you notice a truck exhibiting these behaviors, stay as far away from it as possible. If you must pass the truck, make sure to stay out of the truck’s blind spots or pass through them as quickly as possible. A truck’s blind spots are located 20 feet in the rear, 30 feet in front, one lane to the left, and two lanes to the right.
However, it is not always possible to avoid a truck accident, particularly when bad weather is involved. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, our Sacramento personal injury attorneys are here to help. We have the experience and resources needed to take on large trucking companies and their insurers, and we may help you recover significant compensation.
Call Kershaw Talley Barlow at (916) 520-6639 to schedule a free consultation.