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Hazardous Conditions, Extreme Caution (49 C.F.R. § 392.14)

Legal Commentary: All motorists know that extreme weather conditions can make roads very hazardous. But the federal regulations specifically call for commercial vehicles to exercise caution in conditions such ice, snow and other road conditions that could create a problem with traction for such heavy vehicles. Weather conditions can become very treacherous over mountainous areas and even in flat areas where there is heavy rain or snow. The braking ability and braking distance increase when roads are slick or slippery. A heavy vehicle requires much more roadway to stop safely or avoid fishtailing in these conditions. In extreme conditions, drivers are mandated to stop, unless there would be a danger to passengers.

Many Georgia tractor-trailer accidents involve situations in which a tractor-trailer or semi-truck has overturned completely or jackknifed on the road. These are particular hazards with large vehicles and smaller vehicles, such as cars, end up becoming ensnarled in these dangerous situations. When there are road conditions such as ice and heavy rain, this becomes more likely.

However, when other vehicles are involved in the lack of caution that many truck drivers engage in, the regulations support the requirement that these drivers and their companies must follow the mandate that extreme caution is required in these situations. The Law Offices of Charles Scholle provide the experience and expertise needed to litigate against these entities and individuals. Please contact our law offices using our online form or call toll-free at 866-972-5287 or in Atlanta at 770-717-5100 to schedule a free consultation with Atlanta’s tractor-trailer and semi-truck accident lawyer, Charles Scholle.

392.14 Hazardous Conditions; Extreme Caution

Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated. Whenever compliance with the foregoing provisions of this rule increases hazard to passengers, the commercial motor vehicle may be operated to the nearest point at which the safety of passengers is assured.

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