A semi truck can cause a lot of property damage. Commercial vehicles are larger and heavier than standard cars and trucks, which can also make accidents they cause bigger and more expensive.
Commercial vehicles can also cause damage without getting into a collision. Poor maintenance or negligence can cause parts, tires, and hauls to come loose from the vehicle and damage other vehicles, buildings, and people.
You have the right to seek reimbursement for losses you suffered, whether you or a family member were driving or walking. A commercial vehicle accident lawyer serving Tyler, TX, can help you start the legal process of seeking payment for losses. Contact the team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ by calling (713) 850-8600.
Damages and Losses from Commercial Vehicles
Any vehicle collision can cause physical and material losses. Big 18-wheeler trucks can magnify the usual accident damages. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the state had more than 37,600 accidents involving a commercial vehicle in 2018—26 in Tyler County alone. Types of accidents from a commercial vehicle can include the following.
Big trucks take longer and more distance to stop. If you have to stop suddenly, a commercial vehicle following too closely can hit you from behind. A rear-end accident can result in:
- Damage to your trunk, vehicle frame, and exhaust system.
- Destruction to the front of your vehicle from being pushed into another car.
- Personal injuries, such as whiplash, bruising, and broken bones.
- Personal losses, like possessions in your trunk or vehicle.
Your injury and property damage could be even worse if you were on a motorcycle. Being hit from behind on a motorcycle can cause permanent damage and disabilities. Even with a helmet and the proper riding gear, you can experience serious injuries. The force can also shove you forward and into other traffic.
When a commercial vehicle “jackknifes,” the tractor-trailer folds and the trailer becomes out of control. A semi truck can jackknife when the driver suddenly hits the brakes, and the trailer keeps moving forward.
An uncontrolled trailer can cause a huge amount of damage to a number of vehicles in an instant. A trailer sliding across multiple lanes can hit several cars. Jackknifed commercial trucks can also roll over.
Blind Spot and Underride
You may have seen the signs on the back of trucks, “If you cannot see my mirrors, I cannot see you.” Due to the commercial vehicles’ size, truckers have huge blind spots that prevent them from seeing vehicles driving on each side. Motorcyclists, specifically, are much harder for drivers to see.
Some causes for blind spot accidents include:
- Illegal lane change.
- Distracted driving, such as being on a mobile phone.
- Being tired or fatigued.
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Being sideswiped by an 18-wheeler truck can cause severe injuries when your vehicle goes under the tractor-trailer. Commercial trucks without the proper and legal guards can crush a vehicle’s protective roof. A wrongful death can occur when cars become trapped under large vehicles.
Usually, a blown tire only affects the vehicle and its driver. A faulty tire on a commercial vehicle, however, can harm others. Commercial vehicles are also more likely to experience tire failure since they make long commutes in short periods.
If a tire comes loose, the trucker could lose control of the vehicle and collide with a car, person, or building. The tire could:
- Hit another vehicle.
- Smash into a windshield.
- Roll into a pedestrian.
You may even suffer an injury or accident from the shredded remains of a commercial tire. These rubber pieces are thicker, bigger, and stronger than passenger tires. They can damage the undercarriage of your vehicle just by driving over them.
Commercial Vehicle Lawsuits
Texas law states that you have two years to file a lawsuit for personal injury. A commercial vehicle accident lawyer in Tyler, TX, from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can help you get started with the legal process.
A legal team can also investigate and help gather evidence to support your claim. Like many vehicle accidents, you must deal with the insurance company rather than the driver. The driver’s employer is typically the policyholder.
Who to Sue in a Commercial Vehicle Accident
In most cases, the driver’s employer is responsible for the consequences of an accident, even if the driver caused the collision. This is particularly true when the cause of the accident lies with the company, such as not maintaining vehicles by doing routine repairs and checks.
However, the business’s insurance provider is who will pay your financial recovery. Representatives from insurance companies are not looking to help you. These businesses are for-profit and will try to pay you little to no reimbursement.
A commercial vehicle accident lawyer in Tyler, TX, can negotiate for you to reach an amount that can help you pay your:
- Medical bills.
- Vehicle repairs and replacement.
- Mental anguish.
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Recovery for wrongful death.
While the team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can fight for your financial recovery, the ultimate decision to accept the settlement is up to you. Should you decide to turn down the amount, your legal team can take your case to court.
You can strengthen your case by providing evidence to the defendant’s representatives. You can show medical bills and records if the amount you seek pertains to health care expenses. Likewise, testimony from medical professionals can explain how bad your injuries are.
We have helped people like you seek financial recovery. Healing after a serious accident requires time and energy, and so does pursuing a lawsuit. Call us at (713) 850-8600 to get help for your commercial truck accident case.
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