Oregon summers are often dry and sunny, but the rest of the year tends to bring an abundance of wet, foggy weather. Unfortunately, this can make roads treacherous and increases the risk of truck accidents in Oregon. A recent major, multi-vehicle crash illustrates the potential hazards. Find out how to protect yourself and your passengers.
More Than 60 Drivers Involved In Multi-Vehicle Truck Accident In Oregon On I-5
You can expect to encounter a significant number of semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other big rigs when traveling Interstate 5 and other major highways throughout the state. The massive size of these vehicles poses major hazards. When truck accidents happen, they can trigger a multi-vehicle pile-up. Unfortunately, bad weather only increases the risks.
This was the case in a recent Oregon truck accident in Linn County. According to an October 19, 2022 KPTV News report, more than 60 vehicles were impacted after a truck jackknifed on I-5. It occurred at milepost 216 near the OR-228 Halsey-Brownsville exit shortly after 4:00 p.m., one of the busiest times for traffic. The pile-up included between 15 and 20 commercial vehicles and at least 45 motor vehicles.
Sadly, one driver was killed while numerous others suffered serious personal injuries. Many motorists were left stranded in the aftermath and it took nearly four hours for road crews to clear all the wreckage. Police are continuing to investigate but reports indicate wet roads and foggy weather conditions were major contributing factors in the pile-up.
Oregon Drivers Urged To Use Caution In Wet, Foggy Weather
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) warns drivers to be alert for sudden changes in weather that can cause adverse road conditions in the fall and winter months. Rain and fog pose the biggest risks. Dangerous impacts these can have on driving abilities include:
- Reduced tire traction, making skidding and hydroplaning more likely to happen;
- Reduced steering and braking ability, making it harder to control your vehicle or respond to unexpected situations;
- Reduced visibility, due to fog, glare, and moisture accumulations on windshields and rear view mirrors;
- A greater tendency for traffic tie-ups and accidents, which increase overall risks.
These conditions can be particularly treacherous on roads frequently traveled by truckers. In general, tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles struggle with issues pertaining to visibility, navigation, and steering control, making them more susceptible to crashes. The risks increase dramatically in rain and fog. To protect yourself and your passengers, watch your rate of speed, pay close attention to what is happening around you, and give truckers plenty of room on the road.
When Injuries Happen, Our Oregon Truck Accident Attorneys Are Here To Help
Wet, foggy weather during the fall and winter months makes truck accidents in Oregon more likely to happen. If you or someone you love is injured, the Johnston Law Firm provides the fierce legal representation you need in filing a claim. To request a consultation, reach out and call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Oregon truck accident attorneys online today.