Many large commercial trucks are on the road for up to 70 hours per week, and professional truck drivers are bound to encounter poor weather conditions over time. As such, they are not only trained to handle these large vehicles in inclement weather, but also held to a much stricter standard in terms of maintaining control of the vehicle in inclement weather. If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a large truck, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses, and this includes working with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure a favorable settlement.
Extreme caution is necessary when operating a large truck in poor weather conditions, and there are legal guidelines to help ensure this. According to Regulation 392.14 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
“Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated. Whenever compliance with the foregoing provisions of this rule increases hazard to passengers, the commercial motor vehicle may be operated to the nearest point at which the safety of passengers is assured.”
As such, caution in poor weather may extend to getting off the road entirely, if necessary. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) guidelines in the state of Illinois also cover poor weather conditions: in fog, professional truck drivers are encouraged to avoid driving entirely, if possible; in winter, they should avoid driving in slippery conditions; and on wet roads, they should drive slowly and test the truck’s brakes.
Failure to properly maintain a commercial truck can result in auto accidents, serious injuries, and even death. We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large truck, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.