The Houston Chronicle reports that a Chevy Blaze broke down in the travel lanes of U.S. 59 Montgomery County around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. A pickup truck pulled up behind the disabled SUV and stopped without the hazard lights on. As both vehicles were sitting in the travel lane, a tractor-trailer struck the pickup truck which then pushed the Blazer, leaving it dangling over a bridge.
Five passengers in the Blazer were extricated from the vehicle and taken to a local hospital in stable condition. The three occupants of the pickup truck were critically injured after the semi-truck apparently ran over it, according to the Chronicle.
The motorists in this case made a mistake by stopping in the lanes of travel, but this accidents does raise a number of questions: Why didn’t the semi-truck stop? Was the driver traveling too fast and was unable to avoid the collision? Was the driver following too closely?
Truck accidents similar to this one are often attributed to the speed of a tractor-trailer or following too closely. While we don’t know if the truck driver in this incident was engaging in those two risky behaviors, we do know that these behaviors are common and often cause devastating truck crashes.
It is the responsibility of all truck drivers to pay careful attention to the flow of traffic in front of them and adjust their speed and following distance accordingly. Otherwise they could cause an injurious and costly accident and will be on the hook for the associated costs.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a major truck crash, you are urged to contact a truck accident attorney in Texas to discuss your accident, and decide if you are eligible to seek compensation for your medical costs. If the accident was fatal, the parents, spouses and children of those killed in a truck collision may be eligible for compensation for their medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship and loss of financial support if the deceased was a breadwinner.
The Texas truck accidents at USAttorneys understand the importance of proving negligence and will examine the details of an accident to determine who must take responsibility for the costs that follow a commercial truck accident. Your attorney will hold all relevant parties responsible so that you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
Often with commercial truck accidents more than one party can be considered responsible. Our Dallas truck accident lawyers understands that financial compensation can’t make up for the loss of your quality of life or the loss of a loved one, but it can ease the burden of your medical bills, funeral expenses and property repair costs. With an attorney working on your case, you can be confident that you will get a fair settlement for your suffering.