Semi-truck crashes often lead to claims for compensation. One of the points that comes into the picture in the case is the cause of the wreck. Determining this single factor can prove to be beneficial because it can establish fault.
There are several reasons why a semi-truck accident might occur. While some of these are the fault of the trucker, other causes are also possible. Looking at the evidence in the crash, e.g., the trucker’s activity log might help determine the cause.
Truckers might be fatigued or distracted, both of which can cause or contribute to wrecks. They must be able to give their full attention to their driving duties if they are going to drive safely. Trying to read delivery orders, eating while driving or using their phones can all be disastrous for truckers who are behind the wheel. Fatigue can come from working too many hours, even if all those hours aren’t spent driving. Working at night when the body is usually sleeping and driving on familiar roads can also lead to fatigue.
In some cases, the issue is that the truckers aren’t empowered to do what is necessary for safety. Some trucking companies are so focused on delivery times that they forget truckers are human and that events sometimes delay them. Instead of doing this, the companies should be proactive when it comes to issues like adverse road conditions that manifest for truckers.
Another factor that might lead to semi-truck crashes is the negligent actions of other drivers on the road. It isn’t uncommon for motorists to zip in front of a big rig, but this can easily cause a wreck. The trucker might not be able to stop if the vehicle stops suddenly. They might want to avoid a rear-end crash with that car, but taking evasive action might also lead to problems if there are vehicles in the lanes on either side of the semi-truck.
There isn’t any reason why the victims of these crashes should be left with the financial devastation that can come with a big rig collision. It is important to ensure that you name the liable parties as defendants so you can avoid having to cover the costs of the accident on your own.