Fully loaded commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why accidents involving these trucks can prove particularly destructive. The size disparity between a semi-truck and a car almost always results in severe injuries. Because this is the case, vehicle drivers should proceed with caution when a semi-truck is in the area.
No matter what precautions a person may take, however, an accident can still happen. Recently in Gwinnett County, a mother of two was killed when her SUV rolled over. The other passengers in the vehicle including her children and husband, survived. Police investigators believe that an 18-wheeler was involved in the accident. A possible theory is that the truck came into the SUV's lane either sending it into another truck or striking it. The police are still looking for information about the 18-wheeler and are hoping that witnesses can provide them with more details about the accident.
Truck drivers are expected, as everyone else is on the road, to uphold a reasonable level of care. When a driver does not do this and an injury, or death, results, the driver may be held responsible for the accident. This concept is legal negligence. Negligence can be proven in court as long as the driver's conduct was not reasonable. Examples of negligence include driving while tired, distracted driving, forgetting a turn signal and trying to make an unreasonable turn.
Injured parties in truck accident cases are able to gain compensation from the negligent party. This compensation may be for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, death, loss of earning capacity and missed time at work.
Truck accidents can be particularly concerning. Discussing an accident with an experienced legal professional in the state of Texas can help to ensure that an individual's rights are protected.
Source: CBS Atlanta, "Police looking for semi truck driver involved in fatal accident," Sonia Moghe, July 11, 2013