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Tips to avoid truck accidents, especially during the winter

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents

Winter weather brings beautiful snowy scenes and cold mornings. But along with the beauty, it also brings dangers, especially for truck drivers.

Regardless of when they happen, truck accidents often cause severe injuries, creating health and financial problems for everyone involved.

New York truck accidents

In 2022, there were 6,878 collisions in New York involving large trucks. These crashes injured 4,857 people and killed 123. These figures highlight why truck accidents are a concern in the Empire State.

Why truck accidents are so dangerous

Truck accidents are very hazardous for several reasons. Trucks are much bigger and heavier than other vehicles, so the damage is usually severe when they crash. They also need more time and space to stop, especially when they are going fast.

Because trucks are tall and heavy, they can tip over easily. They often carry heavy cargo, which can fly out during a crash and hit other cars.

The force of a truck hitting something can cause serious injuries and even death, often making truck accidents catastrophic.

Winter truck accident risks

Icy roads are a big problem for truck drivers. Slippery surfaces mean reduced traction, potentially causing drivers to lose control.

Winter weather often brings fog and sleet, causing drivers to struggle to see other vehicles and road conditions. Sudden snowstorms and strong winds can create drifts and reduce visibility, and fewer daylight hours can compound visibility issues.

Safety tips

By following these safety tips, you can reduce the risk of accidents when driving close to big trucks at any time of year:

Maintain a safe distance, allowing trucks ample braking space.

Avoid lingering in truck blind spots, particularly alongside and behind the truck.

Refrain from sudden maneuvers or lane changes near trucks.

Always use turn signals and make gradual movements when passing or merging.

Be patient and avoid tailgating, as trucks may need more time to navigate turns or obstacles.

You cannot expect big trucks to maneuver and react in the same ways as cars. Reduce speeds and remain alert when traveling near trucks, especially in winter.

Truck accidents injuries

Whiplash, a common injury, happens when the neck jerks forward and backward suddenly upon impact. Broken bones often occur due to the force of the collision.

Head injuries, like concussions or traumatic brain injuries, are prevalent from hitting the steering wheel or dashboard. Internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding, can also happen.

Cuts, bruises and burns are also common. These injuries can have long-lasting effects on your health and quality of life, emphasizing the importance of safe driving practices and caution around trucks.

Sharing the road

All drivers can make the roads safer by taking appropriate safety measures to avoid truck accidents.