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Many people think that the only factor that contributes to trucking accidents is the truckers. This isn't at all the case. In fact, there are several other factors that can lead to a semitruck being involved in an accident.

Here are a few you should know about:

Trucking companies

The policies of these companies can sometimes contribute to actions that aren't really safe. Oftentimes, they will promise delivery times that are almost unrealistic. In some cases, they are calculated without giving any thought to a trucker having to stop due to fatigue or to grab a bite to eat. They might not take traffic jams and other travel hazards into account. This might encourage a trucker to speed or continue to press on when he or she really needs to take time to rest.

Equipment and components

Semitrucks have a lot of parts that must work together. When any component or piece of equipment fails, the truck might not operate optimally. This could lead to a crash. Truckers can't be expected to do the job of a diesel mechanic, so they put their trust in the men and women who do these jobs. As an example of how difficult it would be for a semitruck to stop if the brakes were installed improperly. The truck could slam into a car in front of it.

Other drivers

People who cut semitrucks off and try to squeeze between them can easily cause a crash. These large rigs take more time than a car to stop, especially when there is a fully loaded trailer attached. Instead of trying to zip in front of a semitruck, drivers should drive sensibly and make sure they are leaving the trucker plenty of room to move.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident in New York and the accident was not your fault, there are a number of damages you can sue for in a civil lawsuit. Your damages may include your medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and more.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed March 30, 2018

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