Causes of Large Truck and Vehicle Wrecks
Trucks can be notoriously dangerous on the road. Their weight, payload size, overall size, and handling ability make them exceedingly precarious when they are not being operated with the driver’s full attention and uncompromised ability.
Even with all that we know about the damage these vehicles can cause when things go wrong, current corporate and industry expectations of long-haul and commercial truck drivers can be extremely demanding, driving the employees and owner-operators to take risks in order to meet tight schedules and cover the most mileage in the least time possible. Individuals driving trucks as their personal vehicle sometimes make risky or negligent choices too, in the way that they load their trucks or with the items they decide to haul.
Driver Fatigue: Limited or off-cycle sleep opportunities, nearly always after long hours, and grueling onload/offload tasks, contribute to physically and mentally tired drivers.
Compromised Visibility: Truck size and load can result in blind spots for the driver or block full visibility for the surrounding cars.
Cargo Issues: Overweight, unbalanced, improperly loaded cargo can lead to leaks, spills, or handling trouble.
Mechanical: Before antilock brakes were required, starting in 1997, they were a main cause of tractor trailer accidents, particularly jackknifing.
Road Time Limits: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates Hours of Service that truck drivers may be on the road. However, these mandates are surprisingly lax. For example, property carrying drivers are only required to take a break after their 14th consecutive hour of driving.
Road Conditions: Inclement weather, icy roads, and low visibility are all complicating factors for every vehicle, but most of all with semis, which require much longer amounts of time to stop or change course.
How can you avoid a trucking accident?
Sadly, there is no surefire way to avoid truck crashes. Sometimes even the best efforts still result in unfortunate, and even tragic outcomes. When accidents happen, the best thing you can do is engage the proper authorities for best reporting of the incident and call a specialized truck accident attorney to advise you and represent your rights.
For your safety and your family’s safety, there are a few practices you can employ to be the safest operator possible on the road. Never tailgate trucks, as sudden stops or lane changes can leave you vulnerable and without warning. Use safe passing guidelines. Trucks have much larger blind-spots proportionally than passenger cars do. Heavy cargo and machinery require much more response time than a standard vehicle, so quick stops or adjustments are difficult if not impossible. Therefore, never try to beat a truck at an intersection or lane change. Drive defensively. Remain observant and vigilant of the activity and objects surrounding you. If everyone consistently used these safety methods, we would all be much more secure in our time on the road each time we drive.
Truck Accident Injuries
The size, weight and cargo of these vehicles create some of the most devastating damage that occurs in roadway accidents. Vehicles of larger size and weight can cause more catastrophic crashes, and more quickly involve multiple vehicles in those collisions. Injuries that result from truck accidents include:
Cuts and Bruises
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Neck and Disk Injuries
Joint Trauma and Sprains
Muscle, Ligament and Tendon Injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries
Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding
Dismemberment and Amputations
The most important thing you can do following a serious truck accident is take care of your health. The ideal outcome for Thompson Law is that every client recovers as fully as possible and receives the best compensation possible. Grant Lion Law the opportunity to help you and yours after the accident.
What Should you do After a Haltom City Truck Accident?
If there are serious injuries at the scene, the first thing to do is call 911 for emergency medical help. Emergency professionals such as EMS, police, and firefighters are equipped to best direct the next steps at an accident scene, caring for people and property and preventing further injury.
Recording events of the accident is extremely important. Arming your Thompson Law team with the best information possible as they represent you in your claim can make all the difference in an optimal outcome. Take pictures, take down identification information such as ID’s, plates, insurance policies, and contact information. Comply fully with emergency responders to ensure complete and accurate reports of the incident are generated.
Do not make any statements to any representatives from insurance companies or other involved parties. These individuals are at the scene or following up to represent other parties. Call Thompson Law to represent you and your interests. Do not apologize to anyone involved in the crash, because even as a figure of speech this can be construed as an admission of guilt. Always take care and be safe departing the scene.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the time to call Lion Law is right now at 844-308-8180! Your dedicated attorney and professional team will guide your claim and case process, communicating with you every step of the way. Lion Law has an extensive network of partners Haltom City and throughout DFW who will help with all required medical or therapeutic treatments.
While you focus on recovery, your dedicated Thompson team will focus on negotiating the best possible outcome for your case. Ryan “The Lion” Thompson and his associates are fully prepared to take a case as far as necessary to win your rightful compensation. After suffering a truck wreck injury, you need an expert advocate and a tenacious attorney to have your back. Contact Lion Law today for your free consultation and case analysis. Bring a lion to the fight!
Texas law limits the time to file a claim, so reach out now to speak with one of our experienced representatives about your accident.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Lion Law team is here to help Haltom City truck wreck victims, call anytime at 844-308-8180
Texas law limits the time to file a claim, so reach out now to speak with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate representatives about your accident. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Lion Law team (844) 308-8180 is here to help.