If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a collision with a truck, you will know the pain and upset that such an event can cause. Trucks are huge vehicles, and as a result, they have the potential to cause a disastrous accident involving multiple vehicles.
If you believe that the truck was to blame for causing the accident and you want to claim the compensation that you deserve, you must waste no time in taking action. Trucking companies can be aggressive in defending themselves and their drivers, so it is vital that you can make a compelling case. The following are some ways that you may be able to show that a truck was responsible for causing an accident.
Showing that the truck driver was fatigued
Truck drivers invariably work long hours and spend a lot of time driving on highways which can become monotonous and lead to drowsiness. This is why driver fatigue is so common. Truck drivers have been known to fall asleep at the wheel and collide with other vehicles. If there was a camera installed in the truck, there may be video footage of this.
Showing that the truck driver was driving distracted
Trucking is a highly regulated industry, and any phone use is completely unacceptable. If you suspect that the driver was using their phone at the time of the collision, it may be possible to check their phone activity.
Arguing that the truck driver was poorly trained
If a truck driver made an unsafe move or appeared to be incompetent when driving the truck, you may be able to hold the trucking company responsible by arguing that they failed to hire responsible drivers and to train them adequately.
Arguing that the truck driver had an unrealistic schedule
Many truck drivers have tight schedules that put them under huge pressure to get a job done in a certain amount of time. This can lead them to skip rest breaks or speed, both of which can be very dangerous.
It can be possible to successfully show that a truck driver or trucking company was responsible for causing a collision. Make sure that you investigate all avenues when building your claim.