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Trucks and wintery weather are a dangerous combination

Up here in northern Connecticut, we like to think of ourselves as veterans when it comes to driving in winter weather. Snow, sleet, ice - for the most part we know what to look for, can recognize hazardous conditions as they appear, and can properly address them while on the roads. One thing we cannot account for is the competency of other drivers on the road. As good a driver as you may be, the driver beside you could be equally as bad.

Cars have the convenience of several safety features to help protect drivers and passengers. Laws require that we wear seatbelts, and many cars come equipped with additional safety features such as airbags. And the car itself acts as a shield against impacts it may encounter when involved in an accident.

When two cars are involved in an accident, depending on the type of impact, both cars may suffer similar damage. But when a car is involved in a truck accident, the odds are not in a car's favor.

Any truck on the road, whether it is a dump truck, a garbage truck, or an 18-wheeler, is significantly larger and heavier than most cars on the road. Simple physics tells us that when a car and truck collide, the car and its occupants are at a severe disadvantage.

Trucks also experience several disadvantages on the road. Due to their weight, it is more difficult for trucks to stop, weave or swerve to avoid a hazard or obstacle on the road such as ice or snow. The length and height of many trucks may also make them especially susceptible to dangerous cross winds. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that truck accidents often lead to catastrophic results, often leaving victims with life-changing injuries, or in extreme cases, even death.

Source: findlaw.com "Truck Accident Overview," Accessed Jan. 30, 2017

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