As an experienced San Antonio truck accident attorney, Pat Maloney knows how common truck accidents are on U.S. roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 4,000 people were killed and another 104,000 injured due to collisions with large trucks or semis in 2012. Despite the year-round risk of an accident with an 18-wheeler, truck accidents are more common and more dangerous in the winter months for several reasons, the primary one being adverse weather conditions. Many parts of the country experience constant snow, ice, and sleet during the winter, and the cold weather causes vehicle windows to fog up quickly. All of this leads to low visibility and dangerous driving conditions, and trucks often slip, slide, or rollover as a result. The ice and snow on the road can make accidents far worse than they’d normally be since trucks slide further and it becomes more difficult for drivers to brake as quickly. This results in greater damages and more serious injuries.
The poor driving conditions brought about by winter precipitation also make it difficult for rescue vehicles and tow trucks to reach the scene of an accident. Snow and ice delay ambulances, police officers, and tow trucks as they come to help, which can result in worse injuries and create the potential for more damages to occur as other drivers try to avoid the wreck. And due to the increased volume of calls, rescue teams are also busier than most other times of the year, so they can’t respond as quickly as they need to.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it was sleeting, hailing, raining, snowing, or foggy outside in nearly 15 percent of all fatal truck accidents in 2009. In injury-only accidents, these conditions were present for more than 17 percent, indicating that winter weather causes a large number of issues for large vehicles on the road. This is why San Antonio truck accident attorney Pat Maloney sees more accident claims during the winter months.
Have You Been in a Winter Truck Accident?
If you were recently the victim of a truck accident, contact a San Antonio truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today. We can help.