Tree Branch from Wind Damage on Georgia RoadAccording to the Federal Highway Administration, unfavorable weather conditions are a contributing factor in over 20% of U.S. vehicular accidents — and that includes wind, which is often overlooked. 

March and April are two of the windiest months of the year, at least in temperate zones, due to still-frigid northern air masses clashing with ever-warming southern air masses. But strong winds can crop up throughout the year. Cars buffeted by forceful winds can make it a chore for drivers to stay in their lane. Dirt, dust, or snow may be blown into the air, reducing visibility. Objects might be whipped onto the road, which can lead to swerving, loss of vehicle control, or entering the path of another driver. Wind-driven projectiles might shatter a windshield — a potential emergency. 

Box trucks and tractor-trailers are another matter. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that winds (gusts or sustained) of 25+ mph can have a detrimental impact on driver control; a truck’s large side surface area gives wind some good leverage. Trucks might sway, which could shift the weight of incorrectly loaded cargo and create a hazardous situation, or even tip over. Sudden braking due to control issues may lead to underride accidents or jackknifing. Open loads sometimes fall onto the roadway, jeopardizing others. 

Good counters to windy conditions include lowering your speed, maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, and checking the weather forecast before departing. 

Drivers are ultimately responsible for their actions, including taking weather conditions into account. If you are injured due to the negligence of another driver, contact our office to protect your rights.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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