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Passenger vehicles damaged in semi truck collision on Texas 21

Semi trucks are a vital part of commerce in Texas. However, the high number of tractor-trailers on the road increases the chances of truck accidents in towns and on rural roads. Whether it’s from poor road conditions, distracted drivers or improper maintenance of a vehicle, accidents involving semi trucks are a common occurrence on roads across the country.

A multi-vehicle crash in Cedar Creek occurred just last week. The accident involved two semi trailers and a Ford pickup towing a camper. The pickup was turning into a driveway when it was struck by one of the tractor-trailers. The other tractor-trailer was hauling lumber, and several other vehicles near the initial impact were hit by debris. Although no one has been charged in the accident yet, the incident serves as an example of how much damage can be caused when large commercial vehicles are involved in an accident.

Unfortunately, semi truck drivers sometimes feel compelled to push themselves beyond their limits while driving. Whether there is personal motivation to earn more money or pressure from a company to make deliveries on time, drivers of tractor-trailers can be subjected to long hours resulting in fatigue. In addition, some companies fail to maintain their vehicles properly, which can create hazards on the road.

The size and power of semi trucks makes them inherently dangerous, and truck accidents can cause property damage, injuries and even death to truck drivers and other motorists on the road. Expensive repairs and medical bills that result from these incidents can cause years of stress and hardship. If you or a loved one has been involved in a commercial vehicle accident, you should seek knowledgeable counsel to ensure that you understand your options. Professionals can also consult trucking logs and maintenance records held by a truck company. This information can be valuable for an investigation.

Source: Austin American-Statesman, “Wreck in Cedar Creek shut down Texas 21 for four hours,” Erin Green, Jan. 8, 2014

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