Sharing the road with semitrucks is something most people do without any thought. As long as everyone is driving safely, there typically won’t be any issues. When someone isn’t driving safely, a crash is possible.
Semitruck crashes can lead to very serious injuries. People who are involved in these collisions may need medical care, and that can get costly. Some may choose to seek compensation, which requires them to determine whom to hold liable. Let’s look at four common causes of these crashes.
Truck drivers often work long hours and cover vast distances, which can lead to fatigue and impaired judgment. Excessive speed or aggressive maneuvers can make it difficult for truck drivers to control their vehicles, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also significantly impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a big rig.
Poor vehicle maintenance
Failure to properly maintain a big rig, such as not addressing brake or tire issues, can lead to mechanical failures that contribute to accidents. Sudden mechanical failures, such as tire blowouts or engine malfunctions, can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
Excessive or imbalanced cargo can affect a truck’s stability and handling, making it more difficult to control. Cargo that comes loose from the tractor-trailer can strike other vehicles or become an obstacle in the road.
Road and weather conditions
Poor road conditions, such as potholes, construction zones or uneven surfaces, can contribute to big rig accidents. Adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain, fog, snow, or ice, can make it challenging for drivers to control their vehicles and increase the likelihood of accidents.
Seeking compensation is a time sensitive matter. New Jersey law limits how long you have to get your claim filed, so it’s best to seek legal guidance as soon as possible.