Eighteen Wheeler Accidents
When it comes to accidents on the road, any motor vehicle accident can be potentially dangerous. Accidents involving 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, and big rigs; however, are particularly destructive and are likely to result in serious personal injury or wrongful death due to the truck’s massive size and weight. This multi-ton commercial truck can be a fatal weapon when traveling down the highway at high speeds.
Statistics show that roughly one out of every eight traffic fatalities in America involve a large truck such as an eighteen wheeler, big rig, or semi-truck. With over 100,000 trucking accidents involving 18 wheelers and other large trucks, almost 5,000 fatalities and 90,000 injuries are sustained each year. In Texas alone, more than 80,000 truck accidents took place between January and November 2012.
Common Causes of 18 Wheeler Accidents
State and federal laws require all trucking companies to see to it that their drivers, vehicles, and trailers do not endanger the lives of other drivers on the road. Safety rules and regulations on frequency of inspections, driver qualifications, and allowable driving hours are mostly contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Unfortunately, accidents still occur - more often than not due to negligence.
In 18-wheeler accidents, common forms of negligence include:
- Driving recklessly
- Fatigued or overworked drivers
- Improper lane changing
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Blind spots
- Overloading of cargo
- Failure to maintain log books
- Improperly trained driver
- Hiring drivers with poor driving records
- Poor truck maintenance
- Defective truck components such as lights, tires, brakes, or transmission
- Safety rule violations
Semi trucks cannot turn or stop as quickly as a smaller motor vehicle can, which also increases the risk of truck accident injuries resulting from dangerous road conditions or high speeds.
Injuries resulting from big rig, semi truck and 18 wheeler accidents are often severe, usually causing much greater damage to the smaller vehicle compared to an accident between two average motor vehicles.
Common injuries inflicted include due to eighteen wheeler accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia, quadriplegia, and disc herniation
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Wrongful death
Protect Your Rights
Injuries sustained in a Texas eighteen wheeler accident can be devastating and life altering. In order to successfully recover monetary compensation for your damages (or damages for a lost loved one), you must be able to prove your case against the liable party. In order to do this, it's best to seek help from an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and expertise to efficiently and effectively represent individuals injured in big truck wrecks.
Rogers Law Firm is readily available to represent individuals and their loved ones who have sustained personal injury or lost a family member due to wrongful death as a result of a trucking accident in Corpus Christi and throughout all of South Texas. If you are injured in an 18 wheeler accident, it is imperative to act quickly. We can help you understand your legal rights and determine the best course of action to take.
For a free consultation concerning your case, contact Corpus Christi Tx eighteen wheeler accident lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm today at (361) 356-6067 or fill out the law firm's online consultation form.