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Why You Should Never Try to Pass a Snow Plow on the Right

snow plowIf you live in Connecticut, then you know that winter brings snow, with all its beauty and all of its aggravation. There’s no doubt that one of the most frustrating aspects of a heavy snowstorm is getting stuck behind a slow-moving snow plow. But no matter how much you hate sitting in traffic behind one of these 70,000 pound vehicles, do not make the mistake of passing a snow plow on the right: doing so is extremely dangerous, and risks injury to you, the snow plow driver, and the others with whom you share the road. Truck accidents are always dangerous, but especially in slick, snowy conditions.

We all can agree that snow plows make our lives easier, as long as they’re not in our way. After all, snow plow drivers are the ones who are out there in the dead of night and the absolute worst weather, picking up snow and dumping salt to make it safer for all of us to get where we need to go. But plows generally don’t travel more than 45 miles per hour when they’re picking up snow, and they’re even slower when they’re spreading salt. That makes it tempting to pass them, especially on the right. This is illegal and with good reason. Most snow plows have blades called wing plows that extend past the roadway and onto the shoulder, but when snow plows are operating, these blades aren’t visible because they are throwing up clouds of snow. When you accelerate and drive into one of these blades, you risk a serious crash, made worse by slick roadways.

The simple rule is that if a snow plow operator has their flashing lights on, it means that they’re hard at work, clearing the road for you and other drivers. If you’re behind one, the extra time that is costing you is not worth your safety or the safety of others on the road. Just relax, enjoy the beauty around you, and stay safe.

If you or someone you love is involved in a truck accident of any kind, and you need legal representation, the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are here and ready to help. Call us today to set up a convenient time to meet for a consultation.



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