Causes of semi-truck crashes vary considerably

Semi-truck accidents devastate families and claim innocent lives. One of the questions that often comes up when there is a serious crash is what caused it. This can vary greatly, but it is an important consideration when the victim of the crash is going to seek compensation for the damages it caused.

Many people don't realize that the tight scheduling that makes rapid delivery possible can lead to accidents. When truckers try to rush to get to the delivery location, they might drive too fast, too long or in an unsafe manner. This can cause an accident since the trucker might not be giving his or her full attention to the road.

Even in the absence of tight scheduling, truckers might drive in a way that causes a crash. This might be the case if the trucker is tired or distracted. Even having their mind on something going on at home can lead to serious issues while driving since their full attention isn't on the road.

Problems with the truck might also lead to an accident. If vital components like the hitch or the brakes fail, there could be serious repercussions. The brakes failing would make it impossible to stop. The hitch failing could mean that the trailer comes disconnected.

Many pieces of evidence can help determine what led to the crash. Reviewing the trucker's driving hours might point to issues with fatigue or driving too many hours. Taking a look at the truck might lead to finding a component that was defective or improperly maintained. All of this can come into the picture when a claim for compensation is made.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Nov. 08, 2017

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