Big trucks transport important items — including consumer goods — all across Texas and play an important role in the economy. Depending on where you live, you might even encounter large tractor-trailers on a regular basis. Even though these trucks might be a normal part of your daily life, big truck accidents can happen at any time.
Motor vehicle accidents are often traumatic experiences. Whether you suffer severe injuries or come away with significant emotional damages, returning to life as normal can be difficult. If there was a large truck involved, this amplifies problems you might encounter after an accident.
What’s the big deal with truck accidents?
Tractor-trailers are much bigger than the average passenger vehicle. Because of all that extra weight, big trucks can cause significantly more damage when they hit other vehicles. That extra force often translates into more serious injuries.
Stopping is also a problem. The heavier a vehicle is, the longer it takes to stop. If a truck driver is not paying attention or is traveling too close to another vehicle, then there might not be enough time to stop to avoid a collision.
Trucking companies make things difficult
Recovering after an accident of any kind is not easy — especially when it involves a big truck. Despite this, trucking companies tend to fight having to pay out for damages. If it seems as if they cannot get away with paying nothing, they will do everything they can to pay as little as possible.
To make matters more complicated, matters of liability are often a question. Some truck drivers own their trucks outright and are owner-operators. Others drive trucks owned by companies or employers. And in some cases, the load might belong to yet another company. Sorting out liability in a truck accident can be anything but straightforward.
Prioritize your own safety and health
One thing is not different when it comes to truck accidents — you need to prioritize your safety and health. This means doing things like moving drivable vehicles to the side of the road when possible, checking on the safety of everyone involved and contacting emergency services. When possible, you should also be sure to:
- Take photos of the scene of the accident
- Record eyewitness statements
- File a police report
Recovering from a severe injury requires time, rest and money for medical bills. You might feel like you are short on all three of these things after your own accident, and this is understandable. This does not mean that you do not have any options, though. Like other victims of big truck accidents, you might find it helpful to pursue compensation through the careful actions of a personal injury lawsuit.