Environmental Factors

Your Catastrophic Injury
Case Is Our Top Priority.

Atlanta Environmental Factors Lawyer

Environmental conditions are a leading contributing factor to motor vehicle accidents — including commercial trucking accidents.  Drivers should respond appropriately when dangerous conditions are present.  Failing to do so can lead to serious injury or even death.  Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 if you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a commercial truck driver who was driving recklessly when environmental factors made for dangerous conditions.

Environmental Factors That Can Lead to Truck Accidents

Environmental factors can seriously impact the operation of vehicles.  This is especially true for commercial trucks which are larger and more difficult to control than are smaller vehicles.  Dangerous environmental factors must be considered and accounted for by all drivers.  Environmental conditions that can lead to or contribute to accidents include:

  • Slippery or Slick Roads. Roads can become unsafe when ice, snow or debris is present.
  • View Obstructions. Trees, signs and other objects located near roadways can block driver vision.
  • Signs/Signals. When guides such as signs become damaged or otherwise inoperative, driving becomes more difficult and dangerous.
  • Road Design. A road not designed to handle the traffic volume or speed creates an unsafe environment.
  • Atmospheric. Conditions, such as fog, rain, sunlight or snow make driving more difficult and can impair a driver’s ability to react to dangers.

Commercial truck drivers must be aware of their surroundings – including environmental conditions – and take appropriate steps to remain as safe as possible.

What Should Truck Drivers Do if Environmental Factors Create Unsafe Driving Conditions?

If environmental conditions are too dangerous a truck driver should attempt to find another route or stop safely.  However, there are other steps that can be taken to mitigate the risks.

  • Reduce Speed. The combination of speed and unsafe road conditions can lead to disaster.  Truck drivers facing environmental factors creating a dangerous situation must slow down.  Speed reduces a truck driver’s ability to react to changes.
  • Increase Space. Commercial truck drivers can also make the roadways safer by increasing the space between themselves and other drivers.  Following too closely behind another driver can prevent the following driver from being able to stop quickly.
  • Use Safety Features. Trucks are designed to handle different types of road conditions.  It is important that drivers use all available safety features, such as headlights and windshield wipers, to ensure that the truck is handling conditions in the best possible manner.

Truck drivers must be aware of the limitations of their trucks.  This may mean that the driver does not drive at all.  Truck drivers and the companies they work for should not be allowed to put you and your family in unnecessary danger.

What Should I Do if Environmental Factors Caused Someone to Hit Me?

Contact us today if you have been injured in a truck accident.  It is important to get you the medical and legal attention you deserve as quickly as possible.

If dangerous conditions contributed to the accident, it is important that we know about them.  After an accident, if you are able to do so, without further injury or putting yourself in danger, take pictures of the accident and be sure to include the environmental conditions.  For example, if snow or ice was present, you will want to try to get images showing these conditions.

Contacting Ponton Law

Contact attorney James Ponton today to discuss your truck accident.  Mr. Ponton has dedicated his practice to helping protect those injured by the recklessness of others.  Ponton Law has the experience and dedication to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.  Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507.

Recent Posts

Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall in a Store When They Had Caution Signs Up in Atlanta, GA? | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall in a Store When They Had Caution Signs Up in Atlanta, GA?

A good number of defendants in a slip and fall case will argue that they posted a warning about the hazard. This raises the question, can you sue if you slip and fall in a store when they had caution signs up? If so or if not, how can an Atlanta Slip and Fall Accident Attorney ensure your rights are protected. Owner Liability According to the CDC, slip, and fall accidents are the leading cause of workplace injuries. 20 percent of adults who fall victim to these accidents sustain a serious injury such as a head injury or broken bones. To address this situation, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) sets forth requirements that employers should meet for their work environment to be considered safe. Some OSHA requirements for business include: Floors should be kept clean and dry to prevent slip and falls. Hallways, walkways, and stairs should be…
What Should You Do If You Get in a Fender Bender in Atlanta, GA? | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

What Should You Do If You Get in a Fender Bender in Atlanta, GA?

Most fender benders are minor accidents with little or no property damage, which can lull you into a sense of security. But once it happens, it is not uncommon to not know what to do if you get in a fender bender. Here is a comprehensive list of steps.  If you have been in a fender bender and are unsure of your next steps, consult an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney.  Move Your Vehicle Always move your vehicle to a safer location away from the road, especially if the accident happened on a busy highway. Doing so allows traffic to flow normally and reduces the risk of a second collision. Once you are parked at a safe distance, you can also walk away from the car if it shows signs of smoking.  Check for Injuries The adrenaline rush that follows a collision can mask your pain and injury symptoms. The…
Should You Report a Fender Bender to Your Insurance Company in Atlanta, GA? | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

Should You Report a Fender Bender to Your Insurance Company in Atlanta, GA?

Fender benders are minor accidents that often result in little or no property damage and bodily injury. Due to their nature, it is not bizarre that you would consider not reporting such an accident to your insurance company. In this post, we answer a much-asked question; should I report a fender bender to insurance? If you have been involved in a fender bender, consult an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney.  Fender Benders and Insurance Rates One of the major reasons people avoid reporting fender benders to their insurance company is the fear that their car insurance rates will increase. After all, why not just pay for the damage out of pocket if reporting it will cost you more in the long run? While this line of thought may seem to fit logic, it is not entirely correct. Esurance, a major insurance company, ascertains that insurance rates don’t automatically go up…
Pedestrian Car Accident Injuries in Atlanta, GA | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

Pedestrian Car Accident Injuries in Atlanta, GA

Did you know that, as a pedestrian, you are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident? In 2017, over 137,000 pedestrians were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the United States, while 5,977 others lost their lives. This makes pedestrian-car accident injuries a critical topic for discussion. What happens when you get injured by a driver? How can an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney help you? What Causes Pedestrian Accidents? Every year, hundreds of pedestrians sustain injuries or lose their lives due to pedestrian-car accidents. A good number of these unfortunate events are caused by negligence on the part of the driver or even the pedestrian themselves. Some of the most common ways they happen include: Crossing Improperly – This is when a pedestrian attempts to cross the road improperly, such as crossing at the last minute in front of oncoming traffic or a non-designated area. Failure…