Semitrucks are much heavier and larger than passenger vehicles, so there’s a real risk for the occupants of those smaller cars and trucks if they’re slammed into by a big rig. It’s imperative for truckers to drive safely so they can help to keep everyone on the roads as safe as possible.
One thing to remember is that semitruck crashes aren’t always the trucker’s fault. There are several things that can happen that might lead to a wreck.
Truckers who drive aggressively can cause a crash. The same is true for those who are fatigued, distracted or intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Truckers must ensure that they’re complying with hours of service guidelines and other laws aimed at keeping the roads safe.
Improperly secured loads and poor maintenance
The cargo on the rig must be secured properly so that it doesn’t shift or come loose. All the components of the rig must also be in good working order. You can imagine how tragic things can be if the brakes on the semitruck don’t work properly or a truck loses its load in the middle of the highway.
Sometimes, a crash is caused by a third driver’s actions. When a vehicle cuts off a semitruck, for example, the trucker may take evasive action. That could lead to trucker slamming into another driver.
Anyone who suffers an injury in a semitruck crash should ensure that they get immediate medical care. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with this type of case is beneficial so you can have an idea of what options you have for compensation for your injuries and losses.