Commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers and semi-trucks are the biggest automobiles on our nation’s roads. They play a vital role, transporting large and bulky loads, including construction equipment, building materials, and everyday products across the United States.
Even without a trailer, the average semi-truck can weigh between 10,000 and 25,000 pounds. When they’re fully loaded, they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Such a heavy weight means that the impact of a semi-truck crash can be horrific — no crash does as much damage as a truck accident. They can, and often do, result in life-changing injuries, disabilities, and wrongful deaths.
Auto accidents happen all over the United States, but Texas is particularly accident-prone. Texas took the unenviable top position in a recent compilation of the country’s most dangerous roads, with 3,305 fatal motor vehicle crashes reported in 2018. With some roads allowing speed limits of up to 85 miles per hour and fully loaded semi-trucks taking 525 feet — or almost two football fields — to stop when driving just 65 miles per hour, it’s easy to see how quickly a semi-truck accident can happen — and to imagine how devastating the fallout can be.
Truck drivers, truck manufacturers, and cargo companies are responsible for avoiding truck accidents. If they fail to do so, and it results in a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian sustaining injuries in an accident, they can and should be held accountable for their negligence.
If you were in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and lost earnings in addition to damages to help you adapt to life after your injury.
Our truck accident lawyers in Texas can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.