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Truck accidents and some common causes

| Sep 23, 2020 | News

In Indiana and across the U.S., truck accidents arise and for varied reasons. You should know at least what the five most common causes are. It all starts with driver error such as speeding, tailgating, DUI, and drowsy or distracted driving. The majority of truck crashes that involve error, though, are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers.

When truckers can be at fault

One factor that leads to truck crashes is very often the fault of trucking companies, which is a lack of maintenance. Commercial trucks are supposed to be inspected before every shift, and the neglect of this can lead to brake pads becoming worn and windshield cracks spreading. These issues, it goes without saying, can lead to a crash.

Another common way that truckers can cause a wreck is by driving in rainy, snowy or foggy weather carelessly and without the knowledge of proper braking techniques. On slippery roads, they may hydroplane, skid or jackknife.

Defective parts and improperly loaded cargo

Other crashes occur because of the failure of defective parts that truckers would have had no way of knowing about. Also, many crashes arise through the fault of cargo loaders. By neglecting the industry-specific rules on loading and securing cargo, these individuals may indirectly cause a tip-over or an incident where the cargo falls out onto the road.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer

Whether or not truck collisions can lay the foundation for a personal injury claim is a matter that victims may want to discuss with a lawyer. You may want to retain the lawyer you speak to because counsel may do much to build up the case with evidence. Then, if the other side does not agree to cover your medical expenses and other legitimate losses, the lawyer may take the case to court.