It is an event that all truckers fear — slamming into another vehicle. When this does happen, the trucking company might come under fire because many people will opt to sue. A trucking accident lawsuit can be difficult to defend against.
One of the first things that has to be done is to discern the cause of the crash. This isn’t always easy because there are sometimes so many variables that you have to think about. These can all have a huge impact on the options that you have for defending against the accusations.
Many people think that truckers are the ones who always cause these accidents. While this is a stigma that you should know about, most truckers are very safe drivers and have racked up thousands upon thousands of miles without any safety critical incidents.
Oftentimes, it is the actions of other drivers that leads to these accidents. This might be the case if a vehicle tried to cut in front of a semitruck and didn’t realize that these big rigs take a lot of distance to stop.
In other cases, it might be faulty equipment that causes the crash. This could mean that the manufacturer of the equipment or the person who installed it might be the liable party. If this is the case, your company might not be responsible for the damages.
There are many places we can turn to try to find out what led to the accident. These can range from speaking to witnesses to going through the driver’s hours log to find out what was going on in the time leading up to the accident.