Thankfully, accidents involving large lorries are very rare. When these terrible incidents do in fact occur, they often result in pretty serious consequences. A large 18-wheel lorry can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, when it is carrying a full load.
When a crash takes place with a big lorry, there will likely be severe injuries or even fatalities, especially when the lorry comes in contact with cars or SUVs. Of course, the sheer size and weight of these lorries could result in these injuries and fatalities, but these injuries and fatalities can occur because of the hazardous load that the lorry was carrying at the time of the crash. Sometimes, an 18-wheeler is able to hold upwards of 300 gallons of diesel fuel. If during the crash the tank is compromised or damaged in any way, the diesel can often spill out, and this could result in a substantial fire risk. If a fire does ignite, they are often hard to put out.
There are many laws that govern where truck drivers can drive in order to protect the public and other road users. If drivers and these trucking companies don’t follow these local laws, they could be fined or even jailed.
The Importance of Acknowledging the Dangers
When you are on the road, it is important to note that you are sharing the road with these big lorries and take precautions when coming into contact with these trucks, especially when they carry such hazardous materials. Keeping a safe distance from these trucks is key to allow extra room between you and the lorry to maximize safety. When doing a maneuver, it is important to signal correctly and not put pressure on a truck driver when you are trying to overtake them.
If you are involved in an accident with a lorry, it is important to leave the scene and not to go back or near to the crash site until the emergency services arrive. We would recommend that you get as far away from the scene of the crash as you possibly can.
If you have been involved in a crash with a large lorry, we would recommend that you contact Texas truck accident lawyer Greg Baumgartner, who will be able to offer you a free no obligation consultation to see what action can be taken.