A truck accident on the freeway can be devastating at any time of year, but sharing the road with large trucks is especially dangerous during the winter months. A recent accident may highlight the dangers of winter driving, combined with big rigs, for Michigan residents.
The Monroe News reported that earlier this month, four semi-trucks were involved in a collision with four smaller vehicles and one box truck on Interstate 75 in Monroe Township. Authorities did not state a definite cause for the crash, but said that there had been a light snowfall the previous night. It is possible that icy or wet roads contributed to the accident. Fortunately, nobody lost their life, but numerous people sustained injuries.
Drivers should understand that adverse weather conditions, such as snow, ice, rain, wind and fog, can inhibit visibility and create slippery roads. These conditions may be dangerous on city streets, but they are especially hazardous on high-speed roadways. Large trucks can be found on interstates across the country, no matter the time of year. It is important to remember that truck drivers need extra time to slow down their big rigs, and they may also have difficulty maneuvering their vehicles to avoid an accident. It can be easy for any driver to lose control in unfavorable weather. Distracted, fatigued or impaired truck drivers may fail to reduce their speed or be watchful for upcoming hazards, such as stalled traffic on the freeway.
People who are suffering injuries resulting from a negligent truck driver or trucking company may wish to consider seeking compensation.