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Know these causes of semitruck wrecks

Semitruck crashes are often serious for the victims. They can lead to catastrophic injuries that are costly financially, physically and emotionally. For these victims, moving forward with life can be challenging. Not only do they have to cope with all the effects of the wreck, they also need to keep up with daily life.

One option in these cases is seeking compensation for the damages caused by the wreck. The cause of the crash is an important factor when you're preparing to do this because it lets you know whom you should name as a defendant.

Component or maintenance issues

Semitrucks and the trailers they haul must be kept in good working condition. When they aren't, serious crashes can occur. If the issue was with a defective component, the manufacturer might be held liable for the crash. If lax maintenance was the cause, the party responsible for maintaining the rig may be named as one of the defendants.

Improper load securement

All loads on semitrucks must be properly secured so that it doesn't become a hazard. There are specific requirements for keeping the loads in place, so those must be complied with on every load. When a load shifts or becomes insecure, it can cause the trucker to lose control of the vehicle. There's also the possibility that the items that come loose become projectiles that can strike other cars or become road hazards when they land.

Driver error

Many truckers drive safely but there is a chance that you'll encounter one who doesn't. Truckers who are drunk, drowsy or distracted can cause serious crashes. In some cases, other drivers might be the person responsible for the crash. Looking into the circumstances surrounding the crash can help you to determine which driver was negligent so you can include them as a defendant in your claim.

It's imperative that you seek compensation from the appropriate parties when you file your claim. You also need to think about the amount of damages you're seeking. Not only do you need to factor in the expenses you're already aware of, you also must consider what you'll face in the future. You can't come back once the case is resolved and seek more money so be sure to seek all the compensation you need to cover the costs.

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