Besides driver error, there are four common causes of large truck accidents in Mississippi. It is important to know what they are because truck crashes usually end in severe injuries or death for those who are in passenger vehicles. The average car weighs about 4,000 pounds while the average big rig weighs 80,000 pounds.

The first of those four causes is a failure to maintain the truck. Truckers have a duty to inspect their vehicles before the start of every shift. They must also fill out a vehicle maintenance report. Trucking companies and maintenance crews have responsibilities in this regard, too. Many accidents are the result of seemingly insignificant issues like worn brake pads and cracks in the windshield.

Equipment failure is another cause of trucking accidents. This could happen because a part was defective to begin with, in which case the parts manufacturer or the one who installed or repaired it may be at fault. Third, truckers may cause an accident by not being safe in the rain, ice or snow. The truck may skid, hydroplane or jackknife.

Improperly loaded and secured cargo is the fourth most frequent cause of truck crashes. There are specific guidelines concerning cargo weight, size and dimensions. Special methods are required for securing different types of cargo. If a trucker does not follow these rules, cargo can fall onto the road.

Someone who has been hurt in a truck wreck may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault trucker or trucking company. A successful claim could cover losses like medical expenses and missed wages during the victim’s physical recovery. Still, it can be hard to negotiate for a settlement or litigate without legal counsel. That’s why a victim should contact the law office of George Ready for a case evaluation.