Truck accidents are often more serious than other types of accidents because of the damage they can potentially cause. Even a low-speed collision with a semitrailer can result in significant damage to a smaller vehicle and serious injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, many of these crashes are preventable.
Collisions involving trucks are often the result of simple mistakes that are avoidable with caution and vigilance. Because of the large size of these types of vehicles, truckers are responsible for driving in a way that does not needlessly endanger the lives of other Massachusetts motorists. If you suffered injuries in a crash involving a truck and you are dealing with injuries and loss, it is possible the truck driver, trucking company or third party is responsible for what happened to you.
Common mistakes bring serious consequences
Human error is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. These are basic mistakes that may not seem like a big deal, but in reality, they can quickly lead to serious accidents. For example, looking down at a phone for a moment may not seem dangerous, but distracted driving always increases the chance of a collision. Truckers are susceptible to the same mistakes and dangerous behaviors as other drivers, including distraction.
Other common mistakes include getting behind the wheel while dangerously fatigued, a problem that is especially prevalent in the trucking industry. Because of the long hours they work, they may be too tired to drive safely. Other mistakes include speeding, driving recklessly and driving aggressively.
Other dangerous factors
There are times when a truck accident may happen because of something out of control of the truck driver. Perhaps the trucking company does not properly maintain vehicles, or the cargo is not properly loaded, leading to a chance of a rollover. Poor road conditions are also factors in some truck accidents. In these cases, a third party may be responsible for what happened to you.
The recovery you deserve
If you have questions about the potential for seeking compensation through a civil claim after a truck accident, you would be wise to speak with an experienced attorney. A legal professional can evaluate your case and determine the most appropriate way forward that gives you the best chance of a full and fair recovery.