The weather is getting colder, which means another Missouri winter is well on its way. When winter makes driving a little trickier, motorists need to take extra precautions to stay safe on the road. Sharing the road with a tractor-trailer on icy roads is even more dangerous during the winter months because of hazardous conditions. As a Missouri truck accident attorney, I want to give all drivers a few tips for sharing the road with tractor-trailers this winter.
While driving on an icy road would you tailgate a passenger vehicle? The answer is probably not because it’s dangerous. Following a tractor-trailer on icy and snowy roads is even more dangerous because of the destructive power of the truck. If you follow too closely you may not be able to stop in time to prevent a rear-end collision. As a driver, you also want to keep distance between you and a tractor-trailer in case the truck hits a patch of ice and loses control on the road.
When road conditions are affected by the winter weather, you should always give yourself enough space between other vehicles. This is also very important when driving near a tractor-trailer. If you are passing a truck on the highway, give enough space when you pull in front of the truck. If you cut off a truck on icy roads, there is no guarantee it is going to stop. Truck drivers also run the risk of jackknifing the truck when forced to slam on the brakes.
There is a blind spot for every vehicle, especially tractor-trailers. It is difficult enough for truck drivers to see when the weather is clear, but when it is snowing it is impossible. If you are required to drive near a tractor-trailer, get out of the truck’s blind spot as soon as possible. Remember, if you can’t see the mirrors on the truck then the truck driver can’t see you.
The final tip to drive safely around tractor-trailers this winter is to avoid being in front of a truck on a steep hill. Truck drivers can burn out their brakes by driving on steep hills, which puts other motorists at risk especially on icy roads. If you are driving near a tractor-trailer and you come upon a steep hill, get in the lane opposite the truck. If you are not in front of the tractor-trailer, the driver will have more road to maneuver the truck.
The winter months in Missouri create hazardous situations for drivers. You won’t be able to avoid every accident, but you can practice safe driving tips to reduce the risk of a serious tractor-trailer accident. If you are injured in a truck accident, call 888.956.2487 and speak to an experienced truck accident attorney about your rights as a victim.
Joshua P. Myers is the owner and President of Myers Injury Law, LLC and a founding partner of Schultz & Myers, LLC. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, his Missouri personal injury law firm routinely handles motor vehicle accidents that result in personal injury or death throughout the Midwest. If you have been hurt or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, please contact a motor vehicle accident attorney to learn your rights. It is always free to discuss your case and there are never any attorney’s fees until we recover on your behalf.