After an accident with a large truck in Kentucky, you may be tempted to accept the settlement the trucking company’s insurance carrier offers you so that you can begin putting the incident behind you and focusing on your recovery. Agreeing to settle may not be in your best interest, though. At Gray Law, PLLC, we often counsel clients about the benefits of preparing to go to trial rather than accepting the first offer.
The cause of the accident may seem straightforward, leading you to believe that it is an open-and-shut case. However, an investigation may reveal a number of factors that led to the crash. According to OSHAcademy, the crash investigation has four components: the accident sequence, human factors, equipment factors and environmental factors. Of these, human factors most often play the largest role.
A mistake on the part of the truck operator may not be the inciting incident in the crash. An investigation will examine whether the driver received proper training and whether he or she has the correct qualifications. The direct manager or supervisor may have played a role by failing to emphasize safety, or by failing to comply with best practices and safety procedures.
Fatigue may have been a factor in the crash. The investigator will analyze the trucker’s work and rest schedule, including off-duty activities, actual time worked, what tasks were completed and duration of sleep cycles for the 72 hours leading up to the accident.
More information about crash evidence that could affect the outcome of a truck accident lawsuit is available on our webpage.