It can get more than a little bit hazardous on the highway when you mix big trucks and small cars in traffic. Accidents happen, and they oftentimes result in injury or fatality. A car in an accident with an 18 wheeler truck usually looks like a crushed soda can. On the other hand, the truck, due to the malevolence of physics, can get into a pretty bad angle, jack-knife, and end up on its side. A Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer can help truck drivers and passenger car drivers, alike, understand the laws surrounding truck shipping and accidents involving large trucks.
Just over a month ago, between Temple and Gatesville, Texas, there was a horrific accident that firefighters said, “Looked like a war zone.” Though it only involved two vehicles, a truck and a small car, the destruction was immense, and both drivers were taken to the hospital.
The cause of the accident seems to have been the truck driver hitting a bridge railing, causing damage and loosing its load of pipes onto the highway. The car then hit the pipes. Clean-up efforts on the accident took most of the day to clear the highway of debris and clean up the diesel fuel leak from the truck.
In this case, it looks as though the truck driver was at fault, as it was his initial collision with the bridge that caused the car to hit his spilled load. However, some extenuating circumstances could have occurred. A Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer could look over the evidence of the case and ensure that the right compensation was paid to the driver of the car and that the truck driver was not unduly punished.
A Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer, like the ones employed by Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, has the knowledge of traffic law that you don’t have going into talks with insurance companies and going to traffic court. If you drive an 18 wheeler, or you’ve been in an accident with one, you should call one of these personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.