Big lorry accidents are thankfully rare, but when they do happen, they are often very serious. When fully loaded, a large 18-wheel lorry can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
When a crash does take place with a big rig, the likely end result will be that there will be severe injuries or even fatalities, especially when cars or SUVs are involved in the collision. While the size and weight of these lorries should be the main consideration, the lorries may also be carrying a hazardous load. For example, it is not uncommon for an 18-wheeler to hold upwards of 300 gallons of diesel fuel. If the tank is compromised, the diesel can often spill onto the roadway, which can be a substantial fire risk. When these fires take light, they are often difficult to extinguish, and burn very hot.
There are laws that govern where truck drivers can drive. If they don’t follow these local laws, they could be fined. If they are involved in an accident in an area where they should not have been driving, they will likely be found of behaving negligently.
Drivers Must Acknowledge the Dangers
Drivers must know the dangers of sharing the road with big lorries, especially when they carry hazardous materials. It is important that if you are near a big 18 wheeled lorry that you keep a safe distance from these trucks and allow extra room between you and the lorry to maximize safety. It is important to signal correctly and not to speed around the truck. Under no circumstances, should you ever cut off a lorry.
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with a lorry, do not go back or near to the crash site. Make sure you leave your vehicle, only if it is safe to do so, and get as far away from the truck as you possibly can. This advice should be followed especially if you see smoke or flames coming from any of the vehicles involved.Fight the temptation to go back to your vehicle to get any personal items and don’t try to put the fire out yourself, as this could be dangerous.
If you have been involved in a crash with a lorry, make sure you contact Texas truck accident lawyer Greg Baumgartner, who will be able to offer you a no obligation consultation, to see if you are entitled to compensation.