Truckers’ Failure to Remove Snow From Trailers Can Lead to Accidents and Death
Have you ever seen a sheet of ice or snow go flying off of a tractor trailer? It’s a frightening sight and one that’s all too common for highway drivers following snowy cold weather or ice storms. When the “snow torpedo” lands on open road, it’s a dangerous distraction that can shake a driver’s attention and cause them to swerve: when it strikes a vehicle or pedestrian, it can turn deadly.
Everybody has an obligation to drive more carefully when the roads are covered with snow, and that is especially true of commercial truck drivers, whose vehicles have the potential for causing an extensive amount of damage. Though most people envision truck accidents in snow involving slipping, sliding, and trouble braking, the dangers of ice and snow on top of tractor trailers cannot be understated. One victim of this type of accident in Illinois was driving when a sheet of ice from a passing truck struck his car’s windshield. The windshield shattered, sending large and small pieces through the vehicle’s passenger compartment and lacerating his head, nose, and eye. He was lucky, as he was able to pull over and free himself from a large piece of windshield pinning him into the car, and a passing nurse administered treatment while first
responders were on their way.
There are several states that have passed laws with the specific goal of preventing this type of truck accident from happening. As of 2013, the state of Connecticut began requiring commercial motor vehicles to remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks, and roofs of their vehicles or face a fine of up to $1,250. Passenger cars had already been required to clean their vehicles of snow before venturing onto the roadways.
When a commercial driver causes a truck accident as a result of being negligent in removing snow or ice, or for any other reason, they can be held financially responsible for the damage that they cause, and in many cases, the company that hires them is liable as well. If a truck driver shows a disregard for the rules regarding removing snow and ice from the roof of their truck and it leads to injury or death, then they can be made to pay for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more. For information on how we can help you if you’ve been hurt in an accident, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.