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Almost every driver in Texas knows to exercise caution near semi-trucks. It does not take a genius to figure out that these heavy, cumbersome, and large vehicles are capable of causing severe destruction and injury. Fortunately, responsible and sober truckers can exercise the necessary caution to avoid most collisions – even if the braking distance on these vehicles is much longer than the average passenger car.
The truth is that not every trucker operates their vehicle in a responsible manner, and many drivers cause accidents due to their own negligence. In situations like these, victims can be left with severe, life-altering injuries that result in months or even years of missed wages. In addition, victims face significant medical expenses as a result of their injuries. It does not help that semi-truck accident seem to occur on a frequent basis in Texas. But what can you do if you have suffered injuries in a Texas semi-truck accident?
Texas DPS on the Lookout for Semi-Truck After Fatal Hit-and-Run
Perhaps the worst examples of semi-truck crashes in Texas are hit-and-runs. On November 9, 2022, it was reported that a semi-truck driver had fled the scene of a crash that left one victim dead near Andrews. The accident left a passenger vehicle overturned after a serious impact, and the DPS are now on the lookout for a white cab truck trailer loaded with pipe. Anyone with information is being urged to contact the DPS to help track down the negligent trucker. Fleeing the scene of a crash is a clear sign of negligence.
Multiple Semi-Trucks Cause Shutdown of I-45 in Dallas County
On November 18th, it was reported that multiple semi-trucks had collided in Dallas County on I-45, causing a significant stretch of the highway to be shut down for hours. Very little information was released about the crash, but images from the accident clearly show several semi-trucks with severe damage completely blocking the highway.
Semi-Truck Dangles Off Overpass in Shocking Accident
On November 14th, it was reported that a semi-truck driver was left dangling precariously off an overpass after a shocking accident in Houston. The accident began when a box truck and an 18-wheeler collided on an overpass. The box truck ended up falling straight off the overpass, while the 18-wheeler managed to avoid tumbling to the lower lanes by the merest of fractions. Both drivers miraculously survived the collision, although the one driving the box truck was transported to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler remained suspended in mid-air in his cab before being rescued by first responders.
Truck Driver Faces Felony Charges After Hitting School Bus
On November 15th, it was reported that a semi-truck driver was facing dozens of felony charges after hitting a school bus. Perhaps most notably, he is being accused of driving while intoxicated. The school bus was carrying a school hockey team when it was struck by the speeding semi-truck. The school bus then overturned. Witnesses say that the semi-truck ran a red light by “several seconds” before hitting the school bus, and that the trucker continued to drive after the collision for a considerable distance before crashing into a ditch. 16 of the 26 school bus occupants were injured in the crash, including three critical injuries that eventually stabilized.
Tesla Drivers Die After Colliding with Semi-Trucks in Autopilot Mode
Various Tesla drivers have died over the years after colliding with semi-trucks – often when operators had engaged the so-called “autopilot mode.” In 2019, a Florida man died when his Model 3 smashed into a semi-truck with the self-driving feature activated. In 2021, another Tesla driver hit a semi-truck in California. This accident was also fatal and allegedly involved the self-driving feature.
Where Can I Find a Personal Injury Attorney in Texas?
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced truck accident attorney in Texas, look no further than Ruhmann Law Firm. With our assistance, you can strive for the best possible outcome after a semi-truck accident. We know how traumatic and life-altering these accidents can be, and we are ready to guide you toward a fair settlement. This settlement can help you pay for medical expenses, missed wages, and any other damages you might have been forced to endure. Book your consultation with us as soon as possible, as the statute of limitations can prevent you from suing if you wait too long. Call (575) 526-4529 our El Paso personal injury lawyers for more legal help.