A woman’s vehicle was pierced by a huge pole that broke the windshield and landed in the passenger seat. Luckily, the woman was driving alone and was not seriously injured. The accident happened in Spring near I-45 and FM 1960. The woman was driving along when suddenly a huge metal pole came crashing unexpectedly through the windshield. Had the pole pierced the driver’s side she would likely have been severely hurt or killed.
The metal pole apparently came off of an 18-wheeler that had been in an accident. The truck lost some of the metal poles that it was carrying. One of them made its way into traffic and was hit by a vehicle, which launched it into the woman’s car. According to witnesses, at least two vehicles hit the pole before it pierced the woman’s car.
Dangers of 18-Wheeler Accidents
When an 18-wheeler gets into a crash one of the most significant dangers is the possibility of losing its load. When this happens it can create a more dangerous condition for other drivers on the road. In this case, metal poles were loosened in the crash and spilled onto the road where drivers quickly hit them.
The accident is under investigation, but it shows the serious need to ensure that big rigs properly secure their loads. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA, has cargo securement rules in place. Commercial trucks are required to ensure that their cargo is secured in such a manner that it is capable of withstanding specific forces during deceleration in the forward position, acceleration in the rearward direction and acceleration in a lateral direction.
The rules provide specific values that are acceptable. These values were determined through research studies. In addition, there are criteria in place that apply to the tie-downs that are utilized in securing a load. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that the load they carry is secured properly and that the tie-downs are working properly and meet the standards set forth in the rules.
18-wheeler accidents can be dangerous and deadly. As is demonstrated in this particular incident, you could suffer serious damages or injuries even if you were not involved in the original incident. In this case, the woman could have been impaled had the pole been positioned slightly differently.
The negligent driver is responsible for the accident and any resulting damages or injuries. However, you must be able to prove that the driver was negligent. Truck accidents can be complicated and often require legal assistance. Your lawyer will help gather reports and facts about the accident to prove negligence on the part of the truck driver.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including medical expenses, money for pain and suffering and lost wages, among other damages. Your attorney will work with the insurance company to settle your case or the case may need to go to court.
If you have been hit by an 18 wheeler and need a lawyer, call us for a free no-obligation consultation.