When Two Trucks Collide
Truck accidents happen on highways throughout the United States for various reasons. Bad weather and unsafe road conditions often play a role in causing truck accidents, but negligence can factor in heavily as well. Truck drivers may cause accidents if they’re distracted or drowsy. A truck can also malfunction, causing the driver to lose control of the wheel.
When a truck collides with a car on the road, the aftermath can be deadly. The truck may cause significant damage to the car because the truck is so much larger.
A Deadly Truck Accident
Truck accidents involving two trucks can be even more traumatic than truck accidents involving cars. In Detroit, a semi-truck crash occurred involving two 18-wheelers. One truck collided with the other because the driver lost control of the wheel. The damage to both trucks was so severe the entire interstate had to be shut down for hours. One driver suffered life-altering injuries and the other driver died.
After further investigation, the evidence revealed that neither driver was at fault. The driver who lost control had a malfunctioning truck part caused by a negligent repair job. This driver survived, but barely. He was able to sue the repair company with the help of his employer and get his medical expenses paid for. The family of the deceased driver also sued the repair company for wrongful death.
Truck Accident Deaths
In 2018, 4,136 people died in large truck accidents. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, while 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. There are more deaths by car accidents than truck accidents each year, but there are also more cars on the road, too. Although cars may be more dangerous than trucks, it’s hard to compare the two.
Trucks can do a lot of damage when they get in accidents. Depending on the cargo they carry, they may set on fire or land on top of your vehicle when a wreck occurs. If you’re injured in a truck accident, you should consider yourself lucky to have walked away with your life.
If you weren’t at fault for causing the truck accident, you can take legal action and file a personal injury claim. Using evidence from your case, you can sue the person or party who caused your truck accident and recover a settlement for any financial or non-financial damages you suffered.