When motorists think about the dangers associated with commercial vehicles, blind spots, improperly loaded cargo, and fatigued truckers are often first to come to mind. One of the lesser-known hazards, however, is high winds. High winds can put the safety of the trucker and other drivers at risk for a number of reasons.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were well over 1,000 large truck crashes as a result of severe crosswinds in 2016. While the majority resulted in only property damage, hundreds resulted in injuries and eight caused fatalities. Truckers need to know how to safely navigate and operate their trucks in windy conditions; however, it’s just as important for all other motorists to be aware of the risks high winds pose and how to avoid dangerous situations.