Truck Malfunction Causes Death And Injuries
We want to bring you a story out of Oklahoma because it highlights many of the dangers that people on our roadways face each day from large trucks.
Last month, there was a series of accidents along I-40 that were caused by a single truck malfunction. On October 31, Oklahoma police were notified of multiple crashes around the same area. They arrived to first find a pickup truck with severe damage to the windshield. Inside, they found a woman who had already died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
They also saw an SUV overturned a bit farther down the road, as well as another vehicle with significant damage nearby.
After that, they found a semi-truck that was hit by the wheels of an assembly that came off of another tractor-trailer.
The next day, Texas authorities found the truck that lost the wheel assembly in Gainesville. The driver told police that he did not even know he had lost the assembly until he stopped to perform his routine check hours later.
At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know this incident is scary, but it shows the unpredictability of this kind of accident. When you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can count on us to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why They Happen
We have all had the same thought when driving near a large truck down the highway – please let nothing go wrong. When something does go wrong, it is usually due to driver negligence or vehicle malfunction.
The story above shows us that these vehicles can cause major damage if something malfunctions. Some of the common malfunctions that cause harm are:
- Wheel or tire problems
- Suspension issues
- Connects from the truck to the trailer
- Engine malfunction
- Brake failure
If part of the vehicle malfunctions, a driver could lose control of their truck. Truck companies must regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent these malfunctions.
Drivers must always operate responsibly. They should never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They should also never be distracted by their phones or other devices.
It is also vital that drivers follow all law and regulations relating to how many hours they can operate in a day as well as how much weight they can carry.
These vehicles weigh tens of thousands of pounds when fully loaded and have the potential to cause a mass casualty incident.
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured by a large commercial truck, we want to help. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, our experienced team will work with you to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for your medical bills
- Money for lost income if you cannot work
- Punitive damages against a driver or company
- Pain and suffering damages
When you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.