Winter weather is windy weather — and that makes for some tough times when you’re driving a high-profile vehicle. Semitrucks, sports utility vehicles and other vehicles that sit higher off the ground can have trouble holding the road when the winds get going.
How can you reduce the chance of a wreck when the roads are windy?
Most importantly, you need to stay focused on the road. Put away your cellphone and eliminate other distractions. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times, so you can better resist the pull of the wind on your vehicle. When you approach an overpass or a curve where the forces from the wind can get even stronger, slow down.
You also need to be cautious of other vehicles. Even if you drive a car with a low profile, you’re bound to be on the road with a few SUVs and semis that struggle in high winds. The No. 1 thing to remember in those situations is that you need to give the other vehicle plenty of space.
It’s wisest to build some extra time into your travels so that you aren’t even tempted to pass a truck or other vehicle struggling in the wind. It’s far too easy for one of those drivers to lose control and overturn.
What if you’re injured when another vehicle loses control in the wind?
When a vehicle rolls over or loses its course in the wind and veers into another lane, it can lead to tragic accidents. If you are injured or your loved one was killed in a wind-related wreck, you need to find out what compensation you may be due. An attorney can advocate for you as you deal with the insurance companies and protect your interests.