Accidents are more likely to take place when the weather gets bad. Rain, snow, ice, and other storms increase the likelihood of drivers getting into wrecks which can cause personal injury and property damage. Even if you are a safe driver and understand the importance of going slower, other drivers on the road may not proceed with enough caution. This is when bad things can happen to people who are trying to do the right thing and drive safely.
When inclement weather hits, drivers must proceed safely and take necessary caution behind the wheel. This obligation means more in the context of commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers that can weigh 80,000 pounds and inflict serious damage on cars they strike. Obvious precautions include reducing speed and turning on your lights. The failure to act reasonably under the circumstances is a legal concept known as negligence. The law places a responsibility on everyone to act reasonably. Thus, if another driver hit you but it was not your fault, you can hold the at-fault driver responsible for negligent conduct.
Federal truck drivers have additional obligations when operating their vehicles during bad weather. Interstate trucking companies and their drivers must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The federal trucking regulations specifically discuss periods of bad weather, and steps truck drivers must take when facing these conditions. The rule is contained in Section 392.14 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Specifically, truck drivers must use “extreme caution” when operating a vehicle in “hazardous conditions” which can include: