Big rigs are a commanding presence on the highways. Unfortunately, they are often involved in fatal accidents.
Big rig collisions happen every day; a statistic many Americans would rather not entertain as a part of their daily news. Unfortunately, many families have either experienced a collision with a tractor trailer first hand or know of someone who was badly injured in one or who died. The statistics for 18-wheeler crashes are depressing, but still, they are a reality that drivers deal with every day when they take to the highways and byways across the country.
“This crash case involved two semis colliding with one another at an intersection. It came to our attention because it’s not often this kind of thing happens. It serves to point out that anything can and does happen when operating a big rig, but that the consequences, given the size of the vehicles, are usually far more devastating,” said a spokesperson for R.W. Lee Law in Austin, Texas.
Preliminary police reports indicated that one semi was westbound on a drive when it proceeded to make a left hand turn right into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer headed east. Both rigs met in the middle of the intersection. Why the westbound semi thought it was safe to turn in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer is anyone’s guess. The police will attempt to sort that issue out before making any decisions about laying charges.
“This is another issue that many people don’t fully understand – that while an accident may look like one thing on the surface, it rarely is what they think. The police don’t jump to conclusions first and ask questions later. This is crucial as well when building a case for a client. We always make certain to know the complete details, particularly in situations involving semis, as these tend to be complex cases that involve a lot of people and entities, including insurance companies,” said the spokesperson for R.W. Lee Law of Austin, Texas.
As a result of the accident, one trucker was taken to the nearest hospital; the other driver’s injuries were not known and may be evaluated later. Both of the trucks sustained significant front end damage. The clean-up began when the dust settled from the collision. The driver that was injured may well have a case against the other driver once the details are sorted out as to how this accident happened in the first place.
For those who have been in an accident with a semi and lived to tell the tale, the smartest move to make is to secure the future financially by speaking to an Austin personal injury lawyer. Their expertise will ensure compensation for what may be lifelong, life-altering injuries that require continuous care.
To learn more, visit http://www.rwleelaw.com.