Truck collisions refer to crashes involving large trucks with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds. Semis, box trucks and 18-wheelers are some of the most common types of large trucks that are often seen on the major roads and highways in Texas. These large trucks are capable of hauling thousands of pounds of foods, equipment, chemicals and other goods from one place to another. Large trucks are also capable of causing a catastrophe, which has been evident in recent truck collisions that occurred in Texas.
In 2012, an estimated 333,000 large commercial trucks were involved in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. In the same year, 104,000 people were injured and 3,921 people were killed as a result of truck accidents.
In 2011, the total number of people killed in truck accidents was 3,781. This rose by 4 percent in 2012 to 3,921 fatalities. When it comes to the total number of injured individuals in truck-related accidents in 2012, 73 percent of the 104,000 injured people were occupants of other vehicles that were involved in the collisions and 24 percent were the occupants of commercial trucks. In 2012, injuries that resulted from truck-related accidents rose by 18 percent - from 88,000 in 2011 to 104,000.
Truck accidents are sometimes governed by the law of negligence and the negligent party that caused the collision can be held accountable. In the event that the accident resulted from the truck driver's negligence, the injured victims may choose to file personal injury claims and name as many defendants as needed in order to increase their chances of receiving compensation.
Aside from the truck driver, the truck driver's employer, the company that maintains the truck or the trucking company can all be held liable if their negligence can be proven. Victims can choose to negotiate with the responsible parties for a fair and just settlement or take the case to a court of law where a judge or jury will decide their case.
Source: Dot.gov, "Large trucks," accessed on Oct. 15, 2014