According to the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the U.S. trucking industry in 2015 was responsible for hauling close to 18.1 billion tons of cargo, with a value of $19.2 trillion.1 With so many goods being moved by ground in large semi-trucks, accidents do occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Driving Too Fast: When large trucks drive above the posted speed limits, it takes much longer to stop. Furthermore, maintaining control over the truck becomes more difficult, especially if it windy.
- Driving Too Fast for Conditions: Directly related to the last reason, this is when drivers do not slow down during recommended reduced speed driving conditions like during snow, rain, sleet, fog, or ice.
- Unfamiliarity with the Roads: Some accidents are caused simply because the driver is not familiar with the roadways. They might not be aware of a sharp corner, speed limits, or other such details.
- Making Inaccurate Assumptions: Drivers can never assume what other motorists are going to do. Assuming a driver will slow down and let a large truck in when changing lanes is just one example of how accidents can and do occur.
- Equipment Failure: From tire blowouts to nonworking taillights and headlights, equipment failures can contribute to accidents.
- Following Too Closely: Driving too closely to another truck or vehicle could result in not being able to stop or slow down in time.
- Distracted Driving: From eating and drinking to texting and talking on the phone or CB, there are several distractions that take the driver’s attention off of the road and lead to accidents.
- Improper Lane Changes: Changing lanes without checking blind spots or making sure there is proper clearance and space can result in causing an accident.
- Fatigue and Illness: Driving while tired or ill could result in the driver falling asleep behind the wheel and being responsible for an accident.
When to Contact a Truck Injury Lawyer
If you were involved in an accident caused by a truck driver and sustained personal injuries, it is worth your time to discuss your situation with a qualified truck accident attorney. Semi-trucks can weigh as much as 16 times more than your average vehicle! This added weight can cause serious personal injuries, if your car were hit by a semi-truck, such as:
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Injuries
- Dismemberment/Lost Limbs (Fingers, Hands, Feet, Legs)
- Head/Brain Trauma
The medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other such impacts of being involved in a serious truck accident can have on your well-being and your ability to support your family can be far-reaching. In some cases, you may require special medical care and treatment for the rest of your life!
Even if your injuries seemed minor, it does not mean they will not have further impacts later in your life. If you are injured in a semi-truck accident, seek immediate medical care and treatment. Afterward, for a free consultation, contact Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer, & Harris, L.L.P., Houston TX Auto Accidents and truck crash lawyers at 713.574.5089.