According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone, 3,921 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks. Texas led the states, accounting for over 14% of the trucks involved in these fatal incidents. This is partially due to Texas’ placement as a hub of transportation activity, particularly to and from the major cities within the state. The ports of Galveston and Houston also contribute many goods that are transported using large trucks, filling the interstates with massive semis.
Diesel trucks are essential for transporting all types of goods across the country, but they also carry a much higher risk of serious injuries when they are involved in crashes. Of the crashes that caused fatalities and serious injuries, 73% of these catastrophic incidents involved the occupants of the other vehicles, not the truck. The massive weight of semi-trucks makes them difficult to stop, and they carry a heavy impact when they collide with another vehicle. Cars don’t stand a chance when they collide with huge diesel trucks.
With so much at risk, even a moment of negligence can easily lead to a tragedy when large trucks are involved in wrecks.
Negligent Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents Include:
- Failure to maintain the vehicle or its parts
- Tires, brakes, and valve systems are extremely important to maintain
- Failure to obey traffic signs or lights
- Failure to use signals
- Hauling a load that is outside legal parameters, such as too heavy
- Improper passing
- Inexperienced driver
- Operating without sufficient sleep
An accident involving a semi-truck can easily lead to devastating injuries. These damages may leave you with overwhelming financial costs, such as medical bills, lost wages, and necessary long-term care. Multiple parties may be responsible for the accident and for your damages.
Liable Parties in 18-Wheeler Accidents Can Include:
- Company that leased the truck
- Company which employs the driver
- Loader of the truck’s cargo
- Manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts
- Owner of the truck
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler that was caused by negligence, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation. Whether you’ve been side-swiped by a truck on I-59 or been rear-ended by a semi on I-10, the attorneys of Blizzard & Nabers can guide you through the process of holding the liable party responsible for your costs.