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Why Do Big Rig Crashes Happen? A Vancouver Truck Accident Attorney Shares Three Common Causes

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Our Vancouver truck accident lawyers are trained to figure out the root causes of crashes.


This is important. Why? Because once you know what really caused your crash, you can take effective legal action. This includes targeting the liable person or company and organizing your investigatory resources to increase your chances of winning or settling quickly.


For instance, maybe a big rig sideswiped you at an intersection. Your first instinct might be blame the driver. However, a probe of the crash might reveal that the truck itself was in terrible shape. Thus, liability could really be pinned on the trucking company for failing to maintain the truck. Following are three potential root causes of your crash:



1. The truck driver was “on something”


The trucker who hit you might have been on any number of substances, including alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal prescription medications. In addition, the driver may have ingested over-the-counter “stuff” such as caffeine drinks or caffeine pills.


The trucker might also have an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, which made him or her more dangerous. It is important to establish—as quickly as possible—what the driver did or did not have in his or her system.



2. Bad recruiting or training


Perhaps the trucking company did not screen its applicants according to best practices. Maybe they hired someone who had a history of severe mental illness, drug abuse, or terrible driving.


Perhaps the company hired a decent enough driver but failed to give him or her good training on the particular route or vehicle.



3. Bad road design/engineering


Poor signage, debris in the road, unclear intersections, and other road design errors can cause, or at contribute to, crashes.


To what extent did the driver’s negligence contribute? To what extent did dangerous road conditions contribute? To answer these questions, we need to obtain concrete evidence from the scene—ideally right after the crash—and probe using cutting-edge investigative methods.


If you or someone you love got seriously hurt in a truck crash, a Vancouver truck accident lawyer at McComb Witten will be happy to talk with you at length about your case. Call us right now at 604-255-9018 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. In addition, be sure to download a copy of our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know!