Ice Road Truckers Do Not Encounter CarsCommercial Trucks on Ice will Encounter Cars in Maryland
Episodes of Ice Road Truckers are filled with danger but not with passenger cars. The show has dramatic scenes of truck accidents on ice. Most of the episodes demonstrate that a large heavy truck with 18 wheels can safely stay on an icy road. But what happens when a large commercial truck encounters a car that has lost control on an icy road? The short answer is that large commercial trucks should never encounter cars driving through an ice storm. The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Act defines a preventable accident as one involving a commercial motor vehicle that could have been averted but for an act or a failure to act by the motor carrier or the truck driver. In Maryland, a truck accident on ice, even if that truck was parked is probably a preventable accident.
Commercial truck drivers are trained to be alert for black ice. Black ice forms when temperatures drop rapidly and moisture on the road freezes into a smooth, clear smooth slippery surface. Freezing rain can also result in a thin layer of clear ice forming over a road. Commercial truck drivers are trained to feel the front of their mirrors to feel for ice and look at their antennas for the formation of ice. If ice is forming on their trucks, they are trained to stop and remove their trucks not only from the road but from the side of the road. An illegally parked truck can be nearly as dangerous as a moving truck to a car that has lost control on the ice.