Houston 18-Wheeler Accident LawyersCall our prominent Houston 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers today if you or a loved one has been hurt by an 18-Wheeler! 18-wheelers, semi-tractor, trailers, big rigs, and freight trucks are necessary on the roads but can cause a lot more damage than a car or SUV. Trucks also have a larger stopping time required than a car. Most trucks can weigh about 80,000 pounds which makes their stopping distance greater than the average car. In fact, an 80,0000 lbs truck traveling at 65 mph, has a stopping distance of 525 feet compared to an average car stopping distance of 316 feet. That is almost the length of two football fields. These massive motor vehicles haul goods across our country but they also can be a great source of anxiety due to their size and the potential impact they can cause. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017, out of 450,000 crashes that were reported, 23 percent of those crashes were injury crashes and 1 percent were fatal crashes.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF 18-WHEELER RELATED ACCIDENTS?
18-WHEELERS COMMIT TRAFFIC VIOLATIONSTruck drivers have to follow the same traffic laws as others on the road. Most accidents involving an large truck are due to the following traffic violations: Improperly Changing Lanes– Drivers who do not give themselves adequate room or time to safely change lanes or do not signify to others that they are changing lanes can be cited with unsafe lane change. Since trucks are larger than most vehicles on the road, changing lanes unsafely can cause an accident and cause serious bodily injury or fatality. Failing to Maintain a Safe Distance– Failure to maintain a safe distance usually results in rear end accidents. Drivers misjudge the distance between the car in front of them and themselves.On the road, a driver must be alert and in control of their vehicle at all times. Speeding– When drivers drive over the speed limit, this can affect stopping time needed to safely stop and can cause serious or fatal injury. Speeding can be due to driving under the influence, negligence, or horseplay. In any case, it can cause a dangerous hazard to vehicles. Reckless Driving– Reckless driving is very serious in that drivers disregard traffic laws. Reckless driving is cited as a serious traffic violation and is mostly done with clear intention to cause damage to property and other vehicles. Recklessness can cause serious injury to all on the road. Improper Loading of Cargo- Trucks that are hauling cargo should be checked for safety. Cargo should follow the rules and regulations for the height and weight requirements. However, mistakes are made when cargo is loaded onto trucks. During transport, those cargoes can fall off and strike anyone and anything including property and other cars on the road.
INJURIES CAUSED BY AN 18-WHEELER ACCIDENTThese traffic violations can lead to other drivers being seriously injured or even death. Impacts can be lessen due to the design of a vehicle. Safety mechanics built into the car such as seat belts, multiple air bags, and the automatic emergency braking systems also help protect from impacts. However, even with safety mechanisms, injuries do occur. Common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include:
- Neck injury
- Spinal injury
- Head and brain injury
- Shoulder Injury
- Broken bones
- Psychological stress
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?No one expects to be involved in an accident and as such, many do not know what to do after experience one. Tran Law Group recommends swift action after you were involved an accident.
- After an accident, immediately check if any occupants in the vehicle were injured.
- Call 911 so that local law enforcement and emergency medical services arrive to the scene.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident as well as all vehicles involved in the accident if possible.
- Make sure to receive information of the other drivers as well as any incident numbers from the police who are investigating the scene. Information may include names, address, phone numbers, insurance information of the other drivers as well as identification.
- If any one witnessed the accident, be sure to collect the name, address, and phone number of each witness.
- Seek medical care following the accident either at the local hospital, urgent care, or a physician.
- Call Tran Law Group so that our staff can help with any and all insurance companies involved in the accident.