Truck accidents happen at a tragic rate in Indiana and across the U.S. Many may wonder just what causes these crashes, and the answers will be varied. The following are five of the most common causes; it all starts with driver error.
Driver error can include speeding, running red lights, DUI, drowsy driving and inattentive driving. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of crashes between big rigs and passenger vehicles are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers.
Accidents related to poor maintenance
Other crashes arise because vehicles had worn brake pads or other signs of insufficient maintenance. Many truck drivers neglect maintenance simply because they have more responsibilities in this area than do passenger vehicle drivers. Truckers must inspect their rig before the start of every shift and fill out a maintenance report.
A third common cause cannot be attributed to truckers or to passenger vehicle drivers: defective parts. Besides the company that designed or manufactured the part, the mechanic who installed it and the company that sold the truck may be held liable when defective parts lead to a crash.
Bad weather and poorly loaded cargo
Fourth, truckers may crash and injure others because of their inexperience driving on wet, icy or snowy roads. Lastly, cargo loaders may do wrong by improperly loading and securing cargo, the result being tip-overs and cargo spills, respectively.
A lawyer to give your case personal attention
Truck accidents are usually the result of negligence on one side or another. Perhaps you yourself were partly to blame for the injuries you incurred. You may want a lawyer to evaluate your case using Indiana’s modified comparative fault rule. If it holds up, the lawyer may negotiate on your behalf for a settlement covering your losses, including your past and future medical bills and lost wages.