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Truck Accidents and Hurricane Season: What You Need to Know

by lauraramos | August 16th, 2021 | Car Accident Guides, Truck Accidents

Hurricane season can be daunting for residents of South Texas. Not only do citizens of the Rio Grande Valley have to prepare for the unpredictable, but they also have to deal with concerns regarding flooding, lack of electricity, access to roads and limited resources.

But perhaps one of the biggest unexpected challenges is dealing with increased truck traffic. When hurricanes strike, there is generally an increase in demand for various products in the aftermath. This means more semi-trucks are on the road, which can easily lead to more road congestion, traffic delays, and traffic accidents. 

The team at Ramos James Law, PLLC, understands that a serious truck accident can bring confusion, hurt, and frustration to victims. But you don’t have to face such a situation alone. The Austin truck accident attorneys are here to protect your rights and help you secure the justice you deserve.  

When it comes to truck accidents and hurricane season, there are ways you can decrease the chances of an accident from occurring before, during, or even after a hurricane lands.

Know Your Evacuation Route

When a hurricane hits, it’s good to have an evacuation plan in case you need to leave your home. An evacuation plan will ensure that you and your loved ones are able to leave any potentially dangerous situation with plenty of time and – most importantly – safely.

Having a plan in place will also lessen any confusion should the need to evacuate arise, because you’ll know where you’re going and how you will get there.

Be Aware of Road Conditions and Route Changes

With a storm on its way, road conditions can quickly change. Whether it’s debris on the road, flooding, or any other situation, being aware of road conditions will allow you to drive more safely.

You can keep up with road conditions before and during a storm by visiting the Texas Department of Transportation website.

Respect Truck Drivers and Give Them the Right-of-Way

With fully loaded trailers, trucks can weigh anywhere between 10,000 to 25,000 pounds. With this much weight, it is better to give them the right-of-way and their space on the road. This will allow them to ensure safety for themselves and others.

Also, it is better to pass them quickly rather than staying in their blind spot.

Austin Truck Accidents Attorneys Ready to Protect Your Rights

If you or someone you know gets into a serious or fatal crash during a major storm, contact your
Austin truck accident lawyers at Ramos James Law. We take pride in doing what’s right for our clients and making sure they obtain the justice they deserve.

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