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Increased Risk of Truck Accidents During Winter

Truck AccidentsAlthough the holidays are a time for celebration and togetherness, our roadways can be especially hazardous this time of year. An increase in the number of passenger vehicles and semis and fluctuating weather conditions contribute to an increase in truck accidents.

Holiday Traffic

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the amount of traffic on our roads and highways is substantially higher than any other time of the year. From shopping trips for presents and groceries to visits to family members, drivers have no choice but to be on the road.

Truck drivers are in high demand, as well. Retail stores and package delivery companies use trucks to complete their tasks, which adds to the traffic congestion this time of year. Truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles alike should be aware of the increase and avoid accidents by allowing for extra travel time to get to your destination, practicing patience with other drivers and maintaining a speed and following distance that allows for quick braking.

Driver Fatigue

For truck drivers, the increase in demand often means a jump in hours behind the wheel. Most of the time, the companies who require their services set delivery times. This schedule is vital for the company because they must have staff available to help unload the cargo. With the increased demands, truck drivers often fail to get enough rest, and many suffer from sleep deprivation.

Weather Problems

Winter weather in California is typically cool and mild, except for higher elevations. Driving is more hazardous in winter months due to an increase in precipitation. Winter is the beginning of California’s rainy season, which extends through March. Some roads become impassable during the winter months due to excess water. Flooding, landslides, and snow in our northern areas are all hazards truck drivers face. Other roads remain open, yet drivers should proceed with caution.

Contact a Santa Clara County Truck Accident Lawyer

There are many causes of truck accidents, including excessive speed, improper maintenance, and shifting cargo loads. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a trucking accident, the experienced San Jose truck accident injury attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. can help. We will aggressively defend your rights and earn you the compensation you deserve when you need it most. Call our office today at 408-289-1417 to schedule a free consultation.

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