A serious accident occurred recently at the intersection of Sassman Road and FM 1625. A tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle collided, sending two people to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt, which was quite lucky as tractor-trailers can cause severe injuries and even fatalities. Truck accidents in the United States kill thousands each year, and if you do make it through one, your medical bills will likely be very high.
Causes and Commonalities
Simply because of their size, tractor-trailers can cause devastation if they are involved in traffic accidents. Tractor-trailers carry immense weight, and if that weight strikes your vehicle, it can lead to injuries from cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord issues. Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimate almost 4,900 fatal accidents that involved large trucks or buses, and around 116,000 injury crashes.
There are so many different causes for this type of accident, which can make it difficult to determine who should be held liable for your injuries. However, many of the most common causes tend to pinpoint alleged negligence on the part of the truck driver. Examples include speeding or other types of reckless driving, substance use (alcohol or drugs), driving longer than the FMCSA rules recommend (leading to sleep deprivation), or poorly maintained equipment on the truck....