Commercial vehicle accidents are typically deadlier than other wrecks. These types of wrecks were responsible for 525 of the 3,399 traffic deaths on Texas roadways in 2012. Large trucks and 18-wheelers require 20 to 40 percent more space to come to a complete stop compared to other automobiles, and their overwhelming size can cause serious damage to passenger cars and trucks. As a result, about one third of all wrecks involving a cargo truck results in injury, most of them serious or fatal.
WHAT MAKES COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENTS SO DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH LEGALLY?
Following most crashes, rescue and emergency personnel will be the first people on the scene, but a representative from the trucking company will also be among the first people there, and will attempt to reduce the company’s liability. The representative will take photos, talk to witnesses and construct a version of events that is slanted in the company’s favor. In some cases, the company representative may even tamper with evidence to make the victim appear to be at fault. If the representative is aggressive enough, they may even accost the victims and get them to incriminate themselves. In nearly all cases, this version of events will blame the victim and put them on the defensive.
However, cargo trucks and 18-wheelers are often protected with one or several insurance policies that have greater policy limits, usually in excess of $1 million or more, which means the victim will have a better chance of getting the medical treatment they need following a serious wreck.
Both of these factors can have a huge impact on how the case proceeds, so an experienced attorney should be tasked to head any lawsuit.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON INJURIES THAT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENTS CAN CAUSE?
The extreme physical forces at play during a cargo truck wreck can devastate smaller automobiles and cause grievous injuries to other drivers. This may include broken bones, severe lacerations or contusions, internal damage, burns, punctures, or crushing injuries. Paraplegia is an infrequent, but permanently life altering condition that can result from these wrecks.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), though, are among the most serious. A TBI occurs when the brain suffers damage due to an external force. This can either be due to penetration of the skull, or due to the brain contacting the inside of the skull when subject to severe physical forces. Both are common during cargo truck crashes and both can leave a person with a number of debilitating complications, including:
- Severe, enduring pain
- Disorientation or loss of motor function
- Speech disorders
- Cognitive thinking disorders
- Alteration in behavior or mood
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of memory
- Fatigue or weakness
- Cardiovascular disorders
Recovering from TBIs and other injuries caused by cargo truck crashes can be slow and exhausting. In many cases, the injured person may never fully recover, leaving them with a permanent disability.
Anyone who has been harmed in a commercial truck wreck should consider speaking to Terry Bryant and his team of knowledgeable attorneys as soon as possible. With Terry Bryant’s help, a victim can fight back against aggressive tactics by the trucking company and get the help they need for medical treatment and support.