Wrecks involving semi-trucks are terrifying—even for truckers themselves—because of how easily they can turn deadly.
The size and weight of a large truck can turn a passenger car into a twisted heap of steel in the blink of an eye.
In a wreck involving an 18-wheeler truck, the mass of the truck can turn a passenger car into a twisted heap of steel in less than a second. The fact that they have a trailer attached adds additional weight and presents its own hazards.
Wrecks involving 18-wheeler trucks occur far too frequently in Texas. Regardless of how competent the drivers of theses massive vehicles are, some crashes cannot be avoided by defensive driving alone. It is for this reason that you should always be cautious when on the road. Many accidents involving semi-trucks prove fatal, so in some cases, a wrongful death attorney is needed to represent the victims of a truck wreck who lost a loved one.
Avoiding truck accidents.
In order to keep accidents from happening, make sure to watch out for truckers who appear to be lost or distracted. Also, like any other person on the road, some truck drivers are just plain bad drivers. You have to remember that not all truckers have the same level of training and experience, and that not all of them are necessarily good, defensive drivers.
If a truck is making maneuvers that seem erratic or like the driver is in a rush, stay away from them. If one of them starts racing you when you’re trying to merge at an entrance ramp, let them win. Pull over if you have to. An incompetent trucker is a serious danger to everyone around them, and there’s no reason to put yourself in danger.
A very frightening number of truckers report falling asleep behind the wheel. If you see a semi start drifting toward you from an opposite lane, get out of the way immediately. The last thing you want to do is assume that they will drift back before you get too close. Driving tired is very nearly the same as driving drunk (sometimes worse), so be sure to watch out for these signs when you’re out on the highway.
After a truck accident.
If a truck has caused you injury in a crash, you may end up facing a very large and powerful company who has a vested interest in paying out as little as possible, or nothing at all. Sometimes, they will try to play good guy and offer you a check right away. Don’t take it. I can guarantee it’s not in your best interests.
Talk to a personal injury lawyer and get their honest opinion about the strength of your case. Through an attorney, you may be able to win significant financial compensation for your pain and suffering.