Adverse Weather Truck Accidents
Representing Individuals Injured in MO Semi-Truck Accidents
MO Accident Caused By Bad Weather?
Like most of the Midwest, St. Louis and the surrounding areas experience a wide range of weather that can include snow, ice, high winds, and heavy rain. In addition, the area is known for its heavy thunderstorms and often has tornadic activity during the spring and summer months. These conditions, as any driver can attest, can make safely operating a motor vehicle significantly more difficult than it would be in clear and dry conditions. A significant number of motor vehicle accidents each year are partially caused by poor weather conditions and sometimes are unavoidable. In other cases, accidents that occur in poor weather are caused by a driver’s own negligence, which can include ignoring unsafe weather conditions.
Poor Weather Does Not Excuse Unsafe Driving in Missouri
While poor weather conditions can make driving more difficult, drivers are expected to account for this fact by slowing down or taking other appropriate measures. While all drivers are expected to act reasonably with respect to the way they operate their vehicles, drivers who operate commercial vehicles are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Section 392.14 of these regulations requires that a commercial vehicle operator use “extreme caution” when hazardous conditions adversely affect visibility or traction. The types of hazardous conditions that the regulation contemplates include:
In addition to using extreme caution in these situations, they are required to stop if the conditions become sufficiently dangerous. If a truck driver ignores these rules and causes an accident during poor weather, it may be sufficient to establish legal liability.
Contact a St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Individuals who have been injured in semi-truck accidents in which poor weather has played a role should contact an experienced St. Louis truck accident attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, victims will be able to recover for their medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and others from the party responsible for the accident. To schedule a free consultation with one of the lawyers at The Bruning Law Firm, call our office today at 314-735-8100.
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