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Factors that can contribute to semitruck crashes

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Semitruck crashes often lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. Because they’re much larger than normal personal vehicles, they can easily crush them.

If a person suffers harm because of a semitruck crash, they may opt to pursue a claim for compensation from any negligent or reckless parties responsible for their harm. Determining the cause of the crash is the first step in pursuing justice in this way. The following are some of the most common concerns that contribute to injurious commercial trucking accidents.

Trucker’s actions

Trucker’s actions can sometimes lead to crashes. Some of the more unsafe behaviors include driving while fatigued, impaired or distracted. Truckers should do everything possible to drive safely as they navigate the area. Even small spurts of unsafe driving can have catastrophic consequences. In only five seconds, the rig goes the length of a football field if it’s traveling at 55 miles per hour.

Issues with the rig

Trouble with the rig can also lead to considerable safety hazards. Components that aren’t working as intended, such as brakes or a hitch failing, can lead to a crash. The same is true if anything on the rig is defective or if the cargo isn’t properly loaded and secured. For example, heavy cargo can make the rig shift, which makes it hard to control, or it can come loose from the rig and become a hazard in the road for other drivers.

Trucking company policies

The policies of the trucking company can sometimes lead to crashes. This is especially true if they have tight deadlines that don’t enable the trucker to take breaks as needed or required. Truckers should always be able to take a rest break if they’re feeling drowsy, take extra time to get to the destination if the weather is inclement or avoid having to rush if traffic is heavy.

Victims of crashes involving a semitruck may need considerable medical care. This can be costly, so they may opt to file a compensation claim against those responsible for their harm. Because these cases can be complex, victims should seek assistance from a legal representative who’s familiar with similar cases, in order to pursue a favorable outcome efficiently and effectively.