A recent morning saw a dangerous crash on Loop 1604, near Shaenfield Road, as a truck driver rolled his 18-wheeler after an “unknown vehicle” allegedly cut him off and caused him to lose control. He managed to escape, though he sustained third-degree burns and was airlifted to University Hospital with “life-threatening” injuries. While only the driver of the truck was injured in this accident, sometimes there are many more victims when 18-wheelers crash. If you are ever involved in a trucking accident, the potential for life-changing injury is sadly all too real.
Causes and Effects
Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) show that 592 people died in crashes involving commercial trucks or semi-trailers in 2019. This may not seem like many, but the numbers add up nationwide, and the number of serious injuries can be more than twice the number of fatalities in any given year. Large trucks like the one that rolled on Loop 1604 have the advantage over the average driver and vehicle in terms of weight and velocity, and the sheer tonnage involved can lead to potentially life-changing injuries for the accident victim. Truck drivers are actually less likely to be severely injured unless the accident involves an explosion or fire, as the Loop 1604 crash did.
These types of accidents have many causes in common with standard car crashes - reckless or negligent driving, as the “unknown vehicle” apparently did to the 18-wheeler driver, is a common one, though others like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are also seen. Though there are a few that are unique to dealing with big rigs - most importantly, that big rig drivers are bound by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its rules, including hours of service and maintenance. Failure to abide by these rules may result in liability....