4 causes of semitruck crashes

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Commercial Trucking Accidents

Semitruck crashes are serious matters that require immediate attention. A person who’s involved in one may suffer catastrophic injuries. It’s easy to understand why when you consider the size and weight differences between cars and semitrucks. 

Most passenger vehicles weigh around 4,000 pounds. A fully loaded semitruck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Even an empty semitruck can weigh from 25,000 to 30,000 pounds. Anyone who’s involved in a crash may want to know the cause.

1. Trucker error

Truckers who are fatigued, distracted or impaired might not make good decisions when they’re driving. They should ensure they’re in good condition to drive so they can drive safely.

2. Trucking company policies

Trucking company policies, such as tight delivery times, can lead to crashes. Truckers should be empowered to stop if they’re overly fatigued or have any other safety concerns. 

3. Improper maintenance or load securement

Semitrucks and trailers must be properly maintained or there’s a risk of crashing. Loads on the trailer must be properly secured so they don’t come loose from the rig. 

4. Other drivers

Other drivers can cause crashes if dart in front of a semitruck. The trucker may have to slam on their brakes or try to shift lanes to avoid hitting the car. 

Anyone injured in a crash with a semitruck should ensure they get the medical attention they need for their injuries. They may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they suffered due to the wreck. The statute of limitations sets time limits for how long New Mexico residents have to get these cases filed. 

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