A driver was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition after the pickup truck he was driving was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The crash happened on I-10 near Barker Cypress. The impact caused the pickup truck to fly over the concrete shoulder barrier. It landed on its side in the trees on the side of the highway. The 18-wheeler’s fender appeared to be sheared off by the concrete barrier. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the accident.
Rear-End Truck Accidents
Rear-end truck accidents are common. They can be among the most devastating because they can cause some of the most serious injuries. When a passenger vehicle is hit from behind by a huge 18-wheeler, you can imagine that the accident will likely horrify. The impact can crush a smaller vehicle or send it careening into other lanes of traffic. The faster the truck is going during the impact, the worse the injuries are likely to be.
There are many reasons that a truck could rear-end another vehicle. One of the most common explanations for this negligence is distracted driving. Distracted driving encompasses many behaviors such as texting while driving, eating, and simply not paying attention to the road. Impairment is another common cause of rear-end collisions. A truck driver could be impaired due to fatigue or because of drugs or alcohol.
Rear-End Collisions Cause Serious Injuries
Rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Some injuries that may occur with a rear-end collision include whiplash, spinal cord injuries, crushing injuries, broken bones, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. Sometimes the injuries are life-threatening and may require multiple surgeries and lengthy physical therapy to recover.
There are often multiple injuries in these accidents because the vehicle is pushed into other vehicles or off the road and may even flip or roll. Here, we know the pickup truck rolled onto its side because of the strong impact from the 18-wheeler. While we do not know the exact injuries this driver sustained, they are considered serious and that he was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.
Negligence in Truck Accidents
In any vehicle accident, a negligent driver could be held responsible for the damages caused. The details of each case determine the negligent driver. Generally, although not always, a driver who hits a vehicle from behind is often to blame for the crash. Since we do not know the information surrounding this accident, the negligent party remains unclear. The police will investigate the accident.
Sometimes accident reconstruction is necessary to determine what occurred to cause the crash. Your attorney will work to gather information and documentation to prove the negligence of the other driver. If you were severely injured in a truck accident, you may be owed money for your damages such as medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact attorney Greg Baumgartner for a free case consultation after an 18-wheeler accident.