Large commercial trucks drive across Utah everyday , which are also known as semis, 18 wheelers, big rigs, or tractor-trailers. Accidents involving semi trucks account for a significant percentage of motor vehicle deaths. Just as concerning and equally as devastating are the injuries resulting from semi truck collisions.
While the causes and ultimate responsibility of these crashes are often the subject of lengthy investigations, semi truck accidents often leave those involved with devastating problems that include:
- expensive medical bills that can decimate savings and cripple financial well-being
- disabilities (short-term and permanent) that can be life-altering
- missed work /lost wages, which can further complicate financial concerns
- property damage expenses, which are not always covered by insurance
- mental anguish and strife during recovery, which is difficult to quantify and can cause permanent harm
A victim of a semi truck accident should seek both the proper medical and legal assistance. A doctor can help an accident victim recover from his or her injuries. A focused semi truck accident lawyer will help a victim recover compensation to cover the extensive losses stemming from the items described above. Unfortunately, accident victims are often confused or even discouraged about their potential rights. Contacting an experienced semi truck accident attorney can help ensure that accident victims are compensated for the losses they suffer.
Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
About 90 percent of the time, human error is responsible for causing devastating commercial truck accidents. The most common causes include:
- driver fatigue. Truck drivers are paid per mile. If a driver is sleeping, he or she isn’t getting paid. Because of this, drivers sometimes forego safety guidelines and drive while fatigued to earn more money. Many experts consider driver fatigue to be as dangerous a distraction as driving while under the influence.
- driving while intoxicated
- driver inexperience. When drivers haven’t received the proper safety training – especially when operating a large, heavy commercial vehicle – they often do not have necessary skills to cope with challenges that occur on the open road.
- negligence. Some drivers disregard public traffic laws and knowingly commit moving violations.
When human error isn’t involved, semi trucks may be involved in accidents caused by:
- mechanical failure and defective equipment
- inclement weather
- unstable cargo/improper loading procedures
- debris, lack of visibility, or poor road conditions