Truck accidents are a serious concern on Texas highways and roads. Because trucks are remarkably large and heavy vehicles, the impact of a collision with these machines can be severe.
Though truck drivers are subject to strict licensing and occupational safety regulations, accidents still happen. Whether caused by environmental conditions or driver negligence, truck accidents can result in significant property damage and personal injury for everyone involved.
Truck accidents: common causes
There are many reasons a truck may veer into another lane or otherwise navigate away from the flow of traffic. These include:
- Drowsy and distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Environmental hazards
- Failure to signal or exercise directional control
- Brake problems
- Roadway problems
- Inadequate surveillance
Truck drivers must prove a certain set of qualifications in order to receive and maintain a license to operate a commercial vehicle, including a demonstration of responsible driving practices, a commitment to regular truck maintenance and a pledge to practice safe personal habits.
Due to the sheer lode size of trucks, injuries from accidents between trucks and standard passenger cars can be devastating.
Common injuries include broken bones, spinal injuries, lacerations, burns, contusions, traumatic brain injuries and even fatal bodily trauma.
What you can do
Some serious injuries can be difficult to identify until it’s too late. In the event of a truck accident, all parties should immediately seek medical treatment, document the scene, file a police report and gather relevant information from the truck driver. Victims may be eligible to receive compensation by filing a personal injury claim.