While there are many kinds of trucker behaviors that lead to collisions, it is important to recognize that it is not always the truck driver who is to blame after a crash. There are many ways the trucking company, maintenance provider, or even the weather can increase the odds of an accident, placing both you and the trucker at risk of an injury.
Other Factors That Can Increase the Risk of a Truck Accident
Even when the direct cause of a truck accident may seem like bad luck, there is usually some party that was negligent and responsible for the crash. Here are some possible contributing factors in an accident and who may be held liable:
- Poor truck maintenance. Truckers are required to do checks on their vehicles before and after each trip, but it is ultimately the trucking company who is responsible for performing timely and adequate maintenance on their vehicles. Trucking companies who cut costs by allowing run-down fleets to stay on the roads can be responsible when those vehicles are involved in accidents.
- Equipment failure. Faulty parts and equipment can range from poorly-made tires to malfunctioning brakes and wiring systems. The makers of these defective truck parts could be liable for injury costs if they played a role in the crash.
- Construction. Road work can cause changes in grading, narrowed lanes, gravel spills, improperly-placed barrels, and other problems that can force truckers too close to passenger cars or cause them to lose control of the rig.
- Road conditions. A poorly-designed road can force trucks around tight corners, down steep hills, or onto narrow shoulders to avoid a crash. Dirt roads or highways covered in potholes are even more dangerous when covered by ice or snow that the local municipality failed to remove in a timely manner.
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