Victims of semitruck crashes often face serious injuries. This isn’t shocking when you think about the size of those big rigs compared to the average passenger vehicle. Some victims choose to pursue a claim for compensation when they suffer injuries during a crash. The cause of the incident is an important factor for these cases because it helps to determine what parties should be named as defendants.

There are several factors that can play a role in these crashes. Learning about some of the most common may help victims to determine which ones they may need to look in to.

  • Equipment malfunctions and defects: This includes things like the hitching system failing to lock properly because of a broken component or brakes failing because part of the system is defective.
  • Improper loading and securement: All cargo has to be loaded and secured in a way that prevents it from shifting too much when the driver is making the haul. When this isn’t done properly, the cargo can fly off the trailer or cause the trucker to lose control of the rig.
  • Trucker error: Truckers who try to drive while they’re fatigued, distracted or impaired can cause crashes. This is also possible if they’re driving too fast or in an unsafe manner.
  • Other driver’s actions: Drivers who cut the semitrucks off or try to drive too close to them may be the cause of an accident if the trucker takes maneuvers to try to avoid slamming into them.

If you’re injured in a semitruck crash, working closely with an attorney can help you ensure that you’re seeking compensation from all of the responsible parties. Your attorney can also help you determine what types of damages and what amounts you should seek. Try to get this started quickly since there are time limits that apply to these cases.