Big rigs are typical fixtures of the modern, busy roadways of Texas. Most tractor-trailer operators presumably conduct themselves behind the wheels of their trucks according to the highest levels of safety standards and roadway/traffic regulations. That does not negate the fact, however, that there have been more than 5,000 recent accidents involving trucks in one Texas county alone.

Among the accidents recently reported in Harris County, those involving commercial vehicles have resulted in at least 42 deaths. In addition to these fatalities, approximately 121 victims suffered catastrophic injuries. A recent wreck that occurred one morning at 10 a.m. necessitated traffic lanes to be shut down for about three hours.

In that incident, a tractor-trailer operator apparently lost control of his steering. He was reportedly hauling concrete, and, as he attempted to navigate a lane change, the truck load he was carrying dumped over onto the overpass and the freeway beneath it. Four other vehicles were reportedly hit by the falling debris.

When Texas accidents that have involved trucks result in serious injury to victims, the victims are protected by law to file legal claims in a civil court. Should a victim not survive his or her injuries, an immediate family member would then be able to act on behalf of the deceased loved one in court. Depending upon the individual circumstances of an incident, a successfully litigated case could provide court-awarded compensation that could be used to help offset medical bills, loss of wages, funeral costs or other expenses associated with an accident.

Source: ABC 13, “Truck driver loses control, shutting down Southwest Freeway for hours“, Tom Abrahams, Oct. 20, 2015