Truck drivers in Texas undergo a commercial driver’s license (CDL) class for training on how to navigate all types of roads and decrease hazards to other drivers around them. And surely, semi-trucks cause the least accidents on the roads. However, when a crash occurs, the injuries sustained can be fatal, and the damages can be catastrophic.
Reasons why truck accidents are fatal
External factors such as their sheer size and heavy weight make truck accidents catastrophic. They take longer to stop and have limited visibility, making it difficult to maneuver in hazardous conditions. Furthermore, their large blind spots make them more vulnerable to rear-end collisions and sideswipe accidents.
Internal factors also play a huge role in commercial truck accidents. Truck drivers are usually under pressure to deliver goods quickly and avoid delays due to traffic or other issues that may arise while on the road. This pressure leads some drivers to take risks they wouldn’t normally take while handling trucks, such as driving long hours without rest or being too aggressive with other vehicles on the roads.
After an accident
When you get involved in an accident with a semi-truck, your compensation claim might be different and very complex to resolve. The liable party in a truck accident could be the driver, their employer, the cargo company or even the manufacturer of the truck itself. Doing an investigation to pin one of these parties for their mistake will certainly take quite some time and effort.
In addition, you must also show the court that the at-fault party (driver, trucking company, etc.) owed you the duty to exercise reasonable care and that their negligence resulted in the accident. Subsequently, you must demonstrate a clear link between the injury sustained and the accident.
If you succeed in your suit, the judge can award you compensatory damages – monetary awards for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages and future earning capacity, property damage and other losses related to the accident. In some cases, you might also receive punitive damages.