A Semi Truck Accident Often Leaves Victims Unable to Work

by Terry Bryant

A truck accident is often devastating enough to cause death or life-altering injuries to multiple motorists.  The average 18-wheeler weighs 20 to 30 times more than a typical passenger vehicle. This extra weight means the 18-wheeler requires more space to stop and more attention from the driver. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, or FMCSA, has created many regulations to improve safety on the road. However, some commercial drivers ignore these regulations, putting other motorists at risk.

In Texas, around 50,000 people were injured in these wrecks in 2009. That same year, 3,000 people in the U.S. were killed in an incident involving an 18-wheeler. A truck accident may result in serious injuries like brain damage, spinal fractures, paralysis or other permanent debilitations. These injuries are often severe enough to prevent victims from continuing gainful employment and taking care of themselves.

A wreck can be caused by many things. Simple driver carelessness or impairment is a common reason. Failure to maintain the vehicle properly is also a common reason for an incident. Commercial drivers are expected to deliver their cargo quickly and are often paid bonuses for reaching their destination before the deadline. This incentivizes dangerous driving, like speeding or operating the vehicle without proper rest. The FMCSA has placed many regulations in place to stop this, but drivers often ignore them.

If a commercial driver is in violation of the FMCSA’s rules and causes a wreck, they may be responsible for any damages or injuries. Many victims seek restitution if they are harmed in an incident. To receive the best possible representation, the victim should consider hiring a person injury attorney experienced in this area. These experts are familiar with FMCSA regulations and can help the victim gather the necessary information.