What causes semi-truck crashes?

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What causes semi-truck crashes?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Semi-trucks serve a vital purpose in this country. They’re often heavy because they’re filled with goods that are being transported around. Truckers have to ensure they’re using the proper safety measures; however, this isn’t always what happens.

When a semi-truck slams into another vehicle, the occupants of that vehicle are at risk of serious injuries. One question that might come up is the cause of the crash. There are many possibilities, but these are some of the most common:

Driver error

Truckers should only drive when they’re fully capable. Impairment, distractions and fatigue can all lead to dangerous driving. The same is true for truckers who are rushing trying to make it to a delivery on time. The trucker’s logbooks may come into the picture to give you an idea of what was going on at the time of the crash.

Improper loading or securement

Loads that aren’t properly secured or loaded can cause the trucker to lose control of the rig because of the shifting of the cargo. In some cases, cargo may come off the trailer, which could hit a car or land in a roadway where it’s an obstacle.

Lax maintenance and repair

Semi-trucks that aren’t maintained or repaired properly can be dangerous. For example, if the brakes aren’t working properly or the hitching system isn’t hooked up correctly, wrecks can occur. If there’s a chance that these are the cause of the crash, maintenance and repair records are important.

Anyone who’s struck by a semi-truck should find out the cause of the crash so they can include that in their claim for compensation. Seeking compensation for the financial damages you suffer in this type of crash should be done quickly because there are time limits in New York for how long you have to get the claim filed. Working with someone who’s familiar with these matters may make everything a bit easier.