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What causes truck accidents during the winter months?

The winter months are closing in, which means that snow and ice will be here soon enough. As a driver, you don't want to take any risks on the road that could lead to an accident. At the same time, pay attention to everybody around you.

Truck drivers have the tendency to drive fast regardless of the weather. While they may think they know what they are doing, it only takes one mistake to cause an accident that harms or kills another driver.

Consider this: The U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration says that 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are related to the weather.

There are many things that cause truck accidents during the winter months, including driving too fast. If a truck is driving fast in bad conditions, such as heavy snowfall, there is a greater chance of an accident occurring.

Here is another cause: ice and black ice. When ice builds up on the roadway, whether you can see it or not, the chance of an accident increases. The reason for this is simple: It is more difficult for vehicles to stop. This is particularly true when it comes to larger vehicles, such as commercial trucks.

If you find yourself on the road during the winter months, do whatever it takes to keep your distance from large trucks that may not be paying attention to the weather. Along with this, make personal decisions that will improve your safety. Being involved in an accident with a truck is a dangerous situation that you want to avoid at all costs.

Source: Esurance, "Dangers of winter driving," accessed Nov. 24, 2015

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