You don’t want to crash with a big rig here in Kentucky, so it may be good to know how collisions between these 80,000-pound vehicles and the average 4,000-pound passenger vehicle tend to occur. Below, we have summarized the five leading causes.
Driver error the leading cause
Most crashes are caused by some form of driver error. This can be breaking the speed limit, tailgating, driving while using the phone or drunk driving. It should be kept in mind, though, that the majority of error-related truck crashes are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers.
Poor maintenance and defective parts
Truckers, for their part, are frequently guilty of not inspecting their rigs before every shift. By letting issues like worn brake pads and splintered windshields go unchecked, they are only raising their chances of an accident. Third, truck crashes can arise from defective parts. The manufacturers of these parts, as well as the sellers of the trucks and the mechanics who install the parts, could be held liable.
Weather and incorrectly loaded cargo
Fourth, trucks may tip over because of improperly loaded cargo. Alternatively, they could dump their cargo onto the road because if it’s not secured right. Lastly, inexperienced truckers may cause a crash by traveling too fast in rainy or snowy weather. If they are not careful, they may end up hydroplaning or jackknifing.
How to seek compensation for crash injuries
If you were injured at the hands of a negligent trucker, you may be wondering if you can file a claim against the trucking company. A lawyer who focuses on truck accidents could assess the case and explain your options. You may hire the lawyer and have them negotiate for a settlement that covers all your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.