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18-Wheeler Accidents

Everyday drivers share the roads with 18-wheelers and other large trucks. Unfortunately, these trucks are involved in a staggering number of fatal accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016.

Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

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 motor vehicle crashes. 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 car wrecks. Some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:

  • Failure to maintain the vehicle or its parts, including tires, brakes, and valve systems
  • Failure to obey traffic signs or lights
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Hauling loads that exceed maximum capacity
  • Improper passing
  • Inexperienced driver
  • Operating without sufficient sleep
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving

Liability In A Truck Accident

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. Victims may be able to seek compensation from several different parties. Liable parties in an 18-wheeler accident can include:

  • The company that leased the truck
  • The company which employs the driver
  • Driver
  • The loader of the truck’s cargo
  • The manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts
  • Owner of the truck

Houston Truck Accident Attorneys

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 rear-ended by a semi on I-10, the Houston truck accident attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC can guide you through the process of holding the liable parties responsible for your damages. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

 

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