Getting hit by an 18-wheeler will have devastating effects. If you are fortunate enough to survive, you will likely need to claim considerable compensation because you’ll probably have massive injuries.
Understanding what a truck driver might have done wrong can help you pinpoint the blame on them and get their insurer to pay up. The following three errors are a good place to start:
#1. They were distracted at the wheel
Truck drivers face many possible distractions, and it’s up to them to ignore them. Driving constantly can make it tempting to call the family or check delivery notes while moving. Yet both things take attention away from the road.
#2. They were driving too fast for the conditions
Drivers should never go above the speed limit, but sometimes they need to go well below it. Winter conditions can make the roads much more dangerous, and the only way to retain control of the vehicle is to drop your speed. The problem truckers face is they are up against tight delivery schedules, so they may feel pressured to push on at maximum speed even when unsafe. Besides, slowing down may affect their pay packet, as many are paid per job.
#3. They were struggling to stay awake
You might assume those who drive for a living are used to driving long hours. They are, but there are limits. No one has superpowers, and the human body and mind need adequate rest to function. A poor night’s sleep or a build-up of fatigue due to weeks of inadequate rest could cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel.
Experienced legal help can increase your chances of pinpointing the cause of a truck crash and getting the compensation you need.