Indiana roads can be the site of trucking accidents that create serious and sometimes fatal injuries. If you’ve been injured due to a trucking accident, it’s likely that you’ll wonder what caused the accident. One of the most difficult reasons to handle as an injury victim is knowing that the crash was caused by shoddy maintenance of the truck.
Tires and wheels that fall off
Some truck collisions that are the result of shoddy maintenance include those that have tires and wheels falling off the truck. Steel wheels of a semi-truck can weigh more than 100 pounds. Consider that amount of weight traveling at a high rate of speed, and it becomes fairly clear just how dangerous this type of accident can be for others on the roadway.
When wheels go flying, it’s hard for victims to avoid being hit if they’re in the path. While motorists and pedestrians can get struck by semi-truck tires, they’re not the only ones. Some other common victims include road repair workers, Department of Transportation workers and police officers.
Ensuring a proper forensic investigation is done
After an accident occurs with a commercial truck, all vehicles involved are typically held for an investigation. This will allow experts to inspect the truck and its components to determine the actual cause of the accident. When this is done, it’s considered a proper forensic investigation. In some cases, the investigation may need to include a mechanical engineer and an accident reconstruction expert.
Being injured as a result of a trucking accident can be devastating. Part of being able to seek compensation for your medical injuries, pain and suffering involves having a proper forensic investigation completed. It’s always advisable to contact an attorney to ensure that your best interests are looked after during the investigation and your claim for compensation.