An accident involving a big rig may result in serious injuries, property damage or death. This is because commercial trucks tend to be significantly larger than passenger vehicles, which means that the force of an impact tends to be stronger. Understanding the factors that might cause a truck wreck on an Ohio road or highway may reduce your odds of being involved in one.
It’s tempting for commercial drivers to venture out even if road or weather conditions may make it dangerous to do so because of deadlines. And, drivers who are in a hurry (no matter what size vehicle they have) may be more likely to speed, make aggressive lane changes or take other actions that could result in a crash. Poorly maintained vehicles can also be dangerous even if the the driver is not. For instance, underinflated tires may fail to make contact with the road, which could lead to a slide or a skid.
Impairment or fatigue
Any driver who is impaired by drugs or alcohol may have trouble processing information. This may result in a failure to obey a stop light or a failure to adjust to changing road conditions. Drivers who are tired may also have trouble processing information, and they may be at risk for falling asleep. If you are struck by a tired driver, they may be liable for losses car accident victims suffer.
If you are injured by a negligent driver, you should learn about your options for filing a personal injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.