Colliding with a semi-truck can cause some serious damage, to you and your car. You may deserve help getting things back in order, but it’s not always the truck driver who’s on the hook for helping.

Nearly 90,000 accidents involved large trucks in one year, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Codes are set in place to ensure trucking companies are maintaining safety while their trucks are underway, which means it may not have been the driver’s fault, even if it was the trucks.

Pushing the limits

Trucking regulations put restrictions on excesses:

  • Crucial timing: There are all kinds of rules that trucking companies need to follow, like consecutive hours worked and time between shifts. Making a driver work outside of these limits can create drowsy, inattentive drivers, which in turn can increase the chance of an accident.
  • Gross miscalculation: Shipping loads can become very dangerous when their weight exceeds legal allowances, or they’re not properly secured. Breaking these rules can result in your accident by greatly affecting maneuvering and stopping distance. Courts may find a company liable if they’re operating outside these parameters.
  • Missing inspection: Semis need review regularly. The stakes can be enormous for such a large vehicle moving so much weight over long distances, so everything needs to be in top working orders. Companies that skimp on regular inspections and maintenance might be contributing to an accident before it happens.

It can be hard to tell who was negligent in an accident, but understanding the possibilities can go a long way in figuring it out. Make sure you know what conditions caused your accident, and you’ll have a better idea of where to aim your claim.