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Texas 18-wheeler accidents injure motorists, place others at risk

Among the many ways tractor-trailers benefit society is by transporting products to make them available for consumers. Whether these are very large objects, thousands of small ones or hazardous materials, the use of 18-wheelers provides consumers in Texas with a wide variety of useful and necessary items. However, if a truck is involved in an accident, not only may people in other vehicles suffer injuries from the collision, but the materials on a big rig may place the general public at risk.

A recent accident caused a scare for those in the area when original reports described the contents of the tractor-trailer as dangerous and flammable. Around 6 a.m., the truck driver ran over a tire that another tractor-trailer had dropped into the roadway. The impact caused the driver to lose control of his rig, sending it into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. After striking the pickup, the 18-wheeler rolled onto its side.

The liquid contents of rig spilled across the road, creating concerns until authorities confirmed the substance was not toxic. However, the driver of the pickup truck suffered injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. While the media did not report on the extent of his injuries, they are apparently not life-threatening.

Just because injuries are not life-threatening does not mean they are not life-altering. It is common for 18-wheeler accidents to result in devastating and permanent injuries that prevent one from continuing the active and productive lifestyle they previously enjoyed. In cases like this, Texas victims of such accidents may find assistance from an attorney who can explain the options for seeking potential compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to the accident.

Source: ksat.com, "Chemical leaked from overturned big rig not hazardous, BCSO says", Katrina Webber, Sept. 21, 2017

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