While you may have been hit by a semi, there may have been someone else to blame for the accident besides the truck driver. For instance, if you were on the I-435 interchange about to merge onto I-70 and the truck came to a sudden stop ahead of you, you may be tempted to think the trucker is at fault. However, what if a car suddenly swerved into the truck’s lane and the trucker had no choice but to stop? Is the driver of the car at fault for causing your truck crash?
Truck Accidents May Be Caused by Smaller Vehicles
The truth is that drivers of other passenger vehicles are often are to blame for accidents with large commercial trucks. Truckers have a responsibility to drive safely, but they may be unable to avoid a crash if the driver ahead of them is driving negligently. For example, drivers may contribute to a large-truck crash by:
- Changing lanes suddenly in front of a truck.
- Driving between two large trucks.
- Braking suddenly after passing a semi.
- Weaving in and out of several lanes.
- Traveling in a trucker’s blind spots.
- Speeding into the space at the right of a truck that is making a right turn.
- Making a left turn in front of a truck.
- Merging late or without signaling.
- Failing to adjust speed while traveling near a truck.
- Practicing unsafe passing maneuvers.
- Pulling in front of a truck from a slower lane without accelerating quickly enough.
- Failing to pull a disabled vehicle completely off of the roadway.
The more people who are involved in your accident, the more complex your case becomes. You will have to have the scene investigated by someone who is protecting your interests, and can get all of the information necessary to prove that you are owed compensation for your suffering. Start collecting vital evidence in your case before it is lost forever! Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 to discuss your case.