Understand Your Rights To Full Compensation After A Car Or Semi Collision
Why Truck Crashes Are Different
Due to the size and weight disparity between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle, the drivers and passengers of cars often suffer severe or fatal injuries in collisions with trucks. Once a collision has occurred, trucking companies and their insurers are prepared to immediately investigate the crash and minimize the responsibility of the truck driver and the trucking company. Because the trucking company has control of much of the evidence, such as driver logbooks, rig maintenance reports and black boxes (event data recorder devices), it is important to immediately seize these. All too often, crucial evidence is lost in the hours or days after a crash.
What Causes Truck And Car Crashes?
There are many things that can contribute to a crash. Most of the time, it is driver error. This can include drivers who are:
- Eating, drinking or otherwise distracted
- Drunk or on drugs
- Encountering road debris, pavement buckles, animals or other obstacles
- Not modifying their driving for the road conditions, visibility or the weather
- Driving recklessly
Trucking companies, truck owners and truck drivers can all be responsible for a collision. When a trucking company does not train its drivers, does not allow them adequate breaks and does not do required safety checks, accidents happen. When trucking company managers or owners force drivers to meet unreasonable deadlines and do not ensure proper cargo loading, accidents can happen.
When truck drivers text, fall asleep or use drugs or alcohol while on the road, everyone else on the road is at serious risk. Additionally, when parts manufacturers do not process recalls or adhere to manufacturing standards, parts can malfunction or fail. This can also be the root cause of a crash.
If your injury was the result of another driver or a trucker’s reckless, aggressive or distracted behavior, please call and talk to me. If you lost a loved one in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may want to discuss your option for a wrongful death claim.