Any collision with an 80,000 lb., fully-loaded 18-wheeler can cause severe injuries to passenger vehicle occupants. Rear-end truck accidents can be particularly deadly, because of the massive force involved. The impact when a large, commercial truck rear-ends a much smaller vehicle can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Rear-end collisions are a common type of crash involving commercial trucks, often occurring when a large truck slams into the rear of the vehicle ahead.
- Most of these accidents happen in the daytime.
- In many cases, the vehicle ahead is moving when the truck hits it from behind.
- In nearly half of these accidents, trucks rear end other vehicles on divided roadways.
- This type of crash often occurs on icy roads or in heavy traffic.
- Trucks also rear end other vehicles that are stopped at intersections.
Truck driver negligence is a major contributing factor to rear-end truck accidents. This type of crash may be caused by:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Prescription or over-the-counter drug use
- Faulty truck brakes
- Driver inexperience
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
Rear-end collisions can be deadly when a tractor trailer weighing 80,000 lbs. or more hits a passenger vehicle that weighs approximately 4,000 lbs. Commercial trucks are heavy and often carry hazardous, toxic, flammable, or explosive materials. When an 18-wheeler rear-ends a passenger vehicle, it can cause a range of severe injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Severe muscle, tendon, and ligament tears
- Bone fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Broken neck
Determining liability for a truck accident can be complicated, as there may be multiple potentially liable parties. The driver may be liable if he or she was following too closely, speeding, traveling too fast for conditions, or driving distracted, fatigued, or impaired. Other potentially liable parties may include the trucking company, the truck owner, or a truck or parts manufacturer. Our team of Dallas truck accident attorneys can evaluate the details of the accident and pursue all forms of compensation.
Victims who have been seriously injured in truck accidents caused by negligence are entitled to seek compensation from responsible parties. Truck rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries that may require extensive medical treatment and time away from work. Damages may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, loss of earning capacity, property damage, physical pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, emotional distress, mental anguish, and other losses.
Our experienced Dallas 18-wheeler accident attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm can assess the full extent of your losses. We can investigate your truck accident to determine fault and liability, secure evidence to support your claim, build a compelling case based on the facts, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary.
We offer a free initial consultation with no time limit. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you. Our firm has a history of success representing injured people in truck accident cases. If you have been hurt in a truck rear-end collision, call us today at (214) 295-1008 to find out how we can help.