When an accident occurs involving a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle, those in the passenger vehicle are more likely to get hurt. Therefore, it’s important for all drivers to understand why large vehicles get into accidents. In some cases, wrecks occur because the truck is not properly maintained. This could result in worn brake pads or other serious issues with the vehicle that can make it harder to control.
Trucks that are built using defective parts are also more likely to be involved in crashes. In collisions caused by faulty brakes, electrical components or other parts, multiple parties could be liable for damages. Those parties may include the truck driver, truck owner and the manufacturer of the part itself.
There are scenarios in which human error will play a significant role in causing a collision to occur with another vehicle or object. Examples include driving while drowsy, impaired or distracted. However, it is worth noting that most commercial truck accidents caused by human error are initiated by someone in a passenger vehicle. Ultimately, all drivers may benefit from learning basic defensive driving techniques to keep everyone safe on the road. During times of inclement weather, drivers are encouraged to slow down and use proper braking techniques to avoid losing control.
Someone who has been hurt in an accident involving a large truck may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages. In some cases, multiple parties are liable for causing an accident to occur. An attorney may review a case to determine what caused a crash and who is liable for damages.