Drivers in Texas must share the roads with tractor-trailers every day in most areas. On highways, large trucks travel at higher speeds, which can make collisions very dangerous. Truck accidents happen for many reasons, often due to driver negligence. When a smaller vehicle is involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer, significant injuries can happen to those in all the vehicles involved. A recent accident left an injured driver and a heavy cleanup job on the highway.
How the accident happened
An 18-wheeler was traveling on I-35E on a Saturday evening. The truck collided with a smaller vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the trailer to break free from the truck and one of the truck axles struck a road sign. The driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle were not injured in the crash. The truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
After the collision, the highway had to be closed for cleanup as there were debris and fuel in the Northbound lanes. Part of the wreckage caught fire, which required additional cleanup. Investigators aren’t sure what caused the truck to collide with the other vehicle. At this time no charges have been filed. If the investigation reveals that one or both drivers were at fault, charges may be filed later.
Where to turn after an accident
When one is injured in a truck or car accident, the financial repercussions can be daunting. Victims are often left with medical bills and in some cases loss of income during the recovery process. In cases where fault can be proven, the victim may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit against those deemed at fault to seek recovery of documented monetary damages. An experienced Texas personal injury attorney can provide advice on pursuing a case against those at fault.