A New Braunfels man was hit by an 18-wheeler truck on Highway 46, near Saengerhalle Road, in late July, according to FoxSanAntonio.com. The 18-wheeler was towed because of a suspected fuel spill, and the pickup truck driver who was injured was flown to University Hospital San Antonio. The man has not yet been identified by officials, but officials have confirmed that he is a 30-year-old male, and that the pick-up he was driving was rear-ended by the 18-wheeler. Neither the driver of the semi or of the car which the pick-up consequently hit were seriously injured. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the overall rate in fatal crashes involving large trucks per million vehicle miles traveled has dropped from 1975 to 2005. In 2005, there were 5,212 fatalities from crashes, which involved large trucks. A large truck is defined by the U.S. DOT as “a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds.” In 2005 there were 502 fatalities in crashes involving a large truck in Texas—the number one ranked state for these types of accidents. Lawsuits against wrongful injury directed at semi-truck companies and carriers are common. Often, truckers drive at late hours with little or no sleep, factors that contribute to the high rate of semi-truck and passenger vehicle crashes. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be eligible for compensation, but it’s important to act fast. Semi-truck companies often destroy trucker logs after six months. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully injured in a semi-truck collision, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.