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I-5 Big Rig Crash Kills Driver: Hydroplaning A Cause?


December 10, 2015- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigates a fatal big rig crash early Thursday morning in Sacramento. The crash occurred on Interstate 5 (I-5) at 6 am when a Fed Ex truck driver lost control, jumped the center divider and crossed into northbound traffic killing a pickup driver. The CHP does not know the reason for the crash but states hydroplaning on the wet roadway is a possible factor.

Driving in wet conditions can cause hydroplaning- when a layer of water builds between the tires of the car and the road surface, resulting in a loss of traction that prevents the car from responding to control inputs. Hydroplaning can occur even when the road is slightly damp. When the car hydroplanes, you should not immediately apply the brake. Braking without regaining traction causes the car to skid and lose control. If you are hydroplaning, ease off the accelerator, allow the car to decelerate enough to regain traction (once the wheels reconnect with the road surface), and then apply the brake smoothly.

How to recover from hydroplaning:

Driving safely during rain or snow is especially important for professional drivers. The weight and center of gravity of a big rig, truck and semi-truck play a part in controlling the vehicle while driving in extreme conditions. The center of gravity determines the safe speed for curves and turns.  The higher the center of gravity, the higher the chance the vehicle will tip during a curve. If a driver takes a curve too fast, they can lose control. For instance, tires can lose traction and cause skid. Under wet conditions, rigs are more likely to hydroplane decreasing their ability to steer or brake causing them to lose control.

Traction decreases on wet pavement whether or not hydroplaning occurs. All drivers should be careful and prevent their car from hydroplaning.

How to prevent hydroplaning:

If you have been harmed by the negligent actions of a professional driver, contact a dedicated personal injury attorney at Kershaw, Cook & Talley PC. Call us for a free case consultation at 888-997-5170.

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