What might cause a semitruck crash?

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2020 | Firm News

Semitruck crashes can lead to serious injuries for the victims. It’s imperative that anyone who suffers an injury in a crash takes the time to have a medical evaluation. This can help them to spot any issues that might need to be addressed.

After they get the medical care they need, the victims may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they’re facing. One part of this has to do with determining whom to hold liable. This involves finding out the cause since that plays a role in whom you name as defendants in the lawsuit. There are many possible causes of truck crashes, some of which don’t have anything to do with the trucker.

Does the trucker always cause the crash?

Many crashes are caused by truckers who aren’t driving in a safe manner. This might be because they are fatigued, distracted or impaired. No trucker should get behind the wheel if they aren’t in good mental and physical shape to drive. They must also ensure that they aren’t being too aggressive when they drive, and they need to follow applicable traffic laws.

Other drivers are sometimes the cause of a semitruck crash. These large vehicles take a considerable distance to stop, so the truckers often have to make split-second decisions about how to handle situations that involve being cut off by a driver who slips in front of them in traffic.

What non-driver causes of wrecks can occur?

Truckers and other drivers aren’t always the causes of these wrecks. Equipment malfunctions are another possible cause. This can come from lax maintenance or defective components. Improper load securement can also contribute to these crashes. Improper training and unrealistic time schedules may also lead to safety critical incidents that result in victims suffering from injuries.

Reviewing your options for seeking compensation should occur quickly after the crash. You must ensure that you don’t wait too long because Colorado has strict time limits in place for filing these claims. Remember, you must name all possible defendants in the claim and include any damages. This includes the past and future expenses you’re likely to incur.