The phrase, accidents happen, seems ironic when a person suffers injuries in a collision with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle. Since accident injuries can be so severe and life-changing, simply stating that ‘accidents happen’ seems so disparaging. Instead of writing your own or a loved one’s injuries off as ‘bad luck’, it is in the victim’s best interest to determine what the factors behind the accident were. If you or a loved one suspect that injuries are due to a preventable incident, compensation could be awarded.

However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Compensation is awarded in cases where negligence on the behalf of the truck driver, truck company or another affiliated company caused the injuries. There are many ways commercial vehicle accidents can have aspects of negligence interwoven into their cause.

A full investigation can help determine those factors. It isn’t unusual to have absolutely no hypothesis as to what caused the truck accident and that’s because it isn’t always apparent. However, an investigation into truck records, like trucking logs, can help to determine federally regulated aspects like weigh station records and truck driver break logs. This long, sometimes arduous, documentation can hold clues as to whether a driver was negligent. Sometimes, it comes down to behaviors or an inattentive truck driver.

The accident report conducted by local authorities can also give a lead as to what caused a truck accident and the corresponding injuries to loved ones. Only some truck accident injuries are due to negligence on behalf of the truck driver, truck company or related party. Compensation can result for those that seek reparations after a truck accident injury.

Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” Accessed February 6, 2017