After a week of intense cold and winter weather, many secondary roads across Ohio Valley became slick and frozen, causing a number of serious car accidents. On early Saturday morning, the Belmont and Noble County sheriffs issued Level One driving emergencies, urging drivers to be cautious. One major truck accident involved a tractor-trailer that jackknifed onto the lefthand side of I-70W, backing up traffic for miles.
Dealing with snow, ice, and other winter weather conditions as a driver is tough enough; reacting to other drivers who are facing the same conditions can be even more dangerous. Some drivers are overconfident in winter weather, while others inch along very slowly. When you are caught between these two types of drivers, your odds of getting into a serious car accident significantly increase.
Commercial truck drivers receive special training to safely navigate winter weather. A tractor-trailer’s greater weight sometimes works in its favor when driving slick roads, but only up to a point. The truck’s weight and mass can just as quickly turn against a driver, causing the truck to slide or jackknife. Truck drivers must take every possible precaution to prevent losing control of their vehicle in winter weather.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident or truck accident caused by a negligent driver in winter weather, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Ohio motor vehicle accident attorneys.