Big rig crashes can cause life-altering injuries that will keep you from being able to take care of your family. Because big rigs are so much larger and heavier than any other vehicle on the road, these vehicles can cause devastating injuries. Hopefully you are never in a truck crash, but if you are, here are some things to consider.
Causes vary greatly
When the semitruck was at fault for the accident, several causes could be responsible for the accident. Issues with the truck, including mechanical failures or component defects, might be the cause. The trucker might suffer from fatigue or may become distracted. Driving in an aggressive or reckless manner might lead to an accident. Improperly secured loads and trying to rush to meet delivery promises are also causes of semitruck accidents.
Specific regulations apply to truckers. The Hours of Service regulations are critical rules that commercial truck drivers must follow These regulations set specific limits for how long truckers can work per shift. These include driving hours and non-driving hours. Interestingly, a shorter time limit includes strictly driving hours and a longer time limit includes other work.
For example, truckers carrying property can drive for 11 hours per shift but can work up to 14 hours if the working hours include non-driving time like loading and unloading the trailer. The Hours of Service regulation also sets standards for the minimum amount of time that drivers must rest prior to starting a new shift.
Liable parties differ considerably
The cause of the accident clues you in to what parties should be held liable for the accident. The manufacturer, mechanic, or maintenance person could be liable if a component of the truck malfunctioned, failed or was defective. The trucker, insurance company, and trucking company could be the defendants in an accident associated with driver error. The trucking company might be the entity to turn to if company regulations, such as strict and tight deadlines, contributed to the accident. In many accidents, some combination of causes may have led to the accident. Accurately determining the cause of the accident helps you to hold the appropriate parties accountable by naming them as defendants in the claim for compensation.