In the world of personal injury claims, trucking accidents are often among the most devastating. When a several-ton truck faces down a smaller vehicle in a collision, the outcome is rarely minor.
Victims of a trucking accident may wish to file a claim against a truck driver or trucking company, in addition to filing claims with insurance providers and law enforcement. It’s critical to the outcome of a settlement or lawsuit to determine a cause for the collision.
Trucking can be a dangerous profession, and even highly experienced or skilled drivers can make potentially fatal mistakes.
The following are some of the main reasons trucking accidents happen:
- Fatigue: Regulations require truckers to spend no more than 11 hours on the road per day. However, that may not be enough to combat the fatigue that develops on a long drive, especially considering the repetitive nature of the work.
- Lack of experience: For newer drivers, the learning curve can be steep for getting acquainted with navigating and operating a large vehicle like a semi-truck or cargo truck. There are numerous blind spots, techniques required for turns and backing up, and considerations to make when in motion among other traffic.
- Inclement weather: Certain weather conditions can greatly increase the chances of a collision for any motorist, and a truck driver has additional concerns to address. Icy conditions are treacherous for semi-trucks, for example, especially on narrow, steep or high-elevation highways.
- Drug and alcohol use: Intoxicating substances are illegal for any motorist to use while operating a vehicle. Truck drivers who abuse these substances while driving present an even deadlier risk to other motorists. A truck driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs may become reckless to the point where even a split second moment could have catastrophic effects.
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck, you’ll need to file multiple different reports and claims. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process and work with you to try to get the compensation for your injuries and psychological damages that you deserve.