Semitrailers and their drivers have a critical role in the economy as they are responsible for the transportation of goods across the country. These vehicles are convenient for the shipment of large or bulk products, but they are also larger and significantly heavier than other vehicles on the road. They have the potential to cause significant harm in the event of an accident with a smaller car or truck.
It is the responsibility of each truck driver to operate their vehicle as safely as possible. Truck accidents have the potential to cause significant harm to others, even if the collision takes place at a low rate of speed. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are the result of the reckless or negligent operation of the vehicle by the trucker or other preventable factors. If you are the victim of a truck accident, you may find it beneficial to learn more about what caused your accident and how you can seek justice.
Truck collisions and their potential impact
Truck accidents happen for many reasons, including improperly loaded cargo, untrained drivers, speeding, distraction and more. Accidents involving large commercial vehicles or semitrailers are much more likely to result in serious damage and grave injuries. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Rear-end truck accidents — This happens when a truck crashes into another vehicle from behind. It can happen when the trucker is driving too quickly or cannot stop at a safe distance due to a distraction.
- Jackknife accidents — This happens when the trailer veers off the road or out of the lane while the cabin of the truck goes in a different direction. The trailer may sideswipe other vehicles or strike stationary objects, and sometimes, they may overturn completely.
- Drowsy driving accidents — Truckers often drive many hours without breaks, and this, in addition to sitting alone for extended periods of time, may also lead to feelings of exhaustion and sleepiness. Drowsy truckers are more likely to make poor decisions behind the wheel.
- Cargo-related accidents — When cargo is not properly secure inside the trailer and shifts while in movement, it can cause accidents. Serious accidents may also occur in the event that cargo falls off an open truck while in transport.
You may be the victim in one of these types of truck accidents. A careful assessment of your case can help you understand exactly why your accident happened and who is liable for your pain and suffering. If you have a valid personal injury case, the Texas civil justice system provides you with the opportunity to seek justice and compensation for your accident-related financial losses.