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Can road conditions lead to a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Many reasons can lead to a fatal truck accident. Driver fatigue or improper loading can contribute to a truck accident. Other causes include manual, mental or visual distractions. Even drunk driving can lead to a deadly collision. 

However, road conditions are one of the lesser-known causes of truck accidents. How significantly can road conditions affect truck driving? Can a poorly maintained road lead to a fatal accident?

Road conditions and truck accidents

Working as a commercial truck driver is complicated and requires experience. In addition, drivers face many challenges on the road. When conditions are poor, the driver’s job becomes even more difficult. Critical road conditions that can affect truck driving and increase the risk of accidents include:  

  • Potholes  
  • Loose gravel  
  • Lack of proper signage  
  • Dangerous curves  
  • Weather conditions (rain, snow, or fog)  

These conditions pose a hazard not only to the truck driver but also to other drivers, pedestrians and people nearby. Adverse weather can reduce visibility and make braking more difficult. In addition, factors such as impaired driving or speeding can exacerbate these risks. 

Preventing truck accidents caused by road conditions

There are many ways to prevent truck accidents related to road conditions. Truck and car drivers, local and state governments, and trucking companies are critical to reducing these risks. 

Trucking companies should thoroughly train their employees, regularly maintain their fleets, and adhere to transportation standards. Meanwhile, truck drivers should drive responsibly, obey speed limits, and stay alert. 

Individual drivers must remain alert, keep their distance from other vehicles and stay alert to their surroundings. Departments of transportation also have a responsibility to maintain roads and provide proper signage.  

If you have suffered an accident due to a commercial truck and due to the road conditions, you may be entitled to receive compensation. It is recommended that you discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced legal professional can give the correct information for your case and help you make informed decisions.