Semitruck crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries that are difficult for the victims to overcome. A person struck by a semitruck may opt to file a compensation claim to help offset the financial impacts of the crash.
While some may assume that the trucker is always to blame for these crashes, that’s untrue. Several other factors can come into the picture that can lead to a big rig wreck.
1. Lax maintenance
Semitrucks and trailers must be properly maintained. Any maintenance issues can mean the rig can’t function properly. You can imagine how catastrophic the situation might be if the brakes fail or the trailer comes loose from the tractor. When maintenance is in question as the cause of the wreck, reviewing the maintenance logs may provide valuable insight into what happened.
2. Trucking company policies
Trucking company policies can also lead to wrecks. Often, this is because of unrealistic deadlines imposed on drivers. When deadlines are too tight, they can’t rest when tired. It can also make truckers feel rushed, contributing to aggressive driving.
3. Other motorists
Other motorists on the roadways can sometimes cause wrecks. All drivers should avoid cutting off semitrucks because these rigs can’t stop quickly. Ideally, vehicles won’t remain in the “no zones” around the semitruck because of the danger to them and other motorists.
Minnesota law limits the time you have to get the claim filed, so you can’t waste time. Getting everything together for your case can be complex, so working with someone familiar with these matters is beneficial. This enables you to focus on healing instead of your legal claim.