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Trucker Negligence in New Hampshire’s Snowy Conditions


Snowy conditions can make driving incredibly difficult in New Hampshire – and trucking can be particularly dangerous. Even in the best weather conditions, trucks struggle to avoid collisions due to poor braking distances and handling. Add snow and ice into the equation, and the trucking industry immediately becomes a severe threat for everyone on the road. What kinds of trucking negligence could be related specifically to snowy weather in New Hampshire? Could this negligence lead directly to personal injury claims?

Failure to Pull Over in Blizzards 

No federal or state law forces truckers to pull over in blizzards. However, truckers are strongly advised to stop their journeys if they enter a US level 3 snow emergency. Continuing to drive under these conditions can be incredibly dangerous not only for the trucker in question, but for everyone else on the road.

While continuing to drive in a blizzard is not illegal, it is unlawful to force a trucker to continue driving in these conditions. This is a subtle yet important distinction. For example, a trucker might encounter a blizzard and determine that the most responsible course of action is to pull over. When they radio their supervisor or employer and inform them of this plan, however, they may encounter resistance. Some employers threaten their truckers with certain consequences if they do not agree to continue driving under dangerous conditions – and one of these consequences might include termination. If a trucking company forces its truckers to continue driving in blizzards, this form of negligence may make them liable for any resulting injuries.

Tire Chain Laws in New Hampshire 

There is no specific law that requires truckers to use chains or similar technology to improve traction during heavy snow. However, chains are allowed and encouraged for those who want to use them.

Removal of Snow from Trailer Roofs 

In New Hampshire, truckers may be legally required to remove ice and snow from the roofs of their trailers. This is due to Jessica’s Law – a recent piece of legislation that requires such snow removal. The legislation was named after a victim who died after a chunk of ice slid off a trailer and caused a fatal accident.

If your accident was caused by similar circumstances, you may have the ability to hold the trucking company liable for failing to follow Jessica’s Law. These new requirements were met with serious pushback from truckers throughout New Hampshire – but the law is the law. For more information on trucker negligence during snowy conditions, consider speaking with a qualified attorney.

Find a Qualified Injury Attorney in New Hampshire 

If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced Manchester truck accident attorney, look no further than the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured plaintiffs throughout New Hampshire – including those who have suffered serious injuries as a result of trucking negligence. Book your consultation today to approach the question of trucking negligence with a greater degree of accuracy and confidence.


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