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Texas roadcheck leads to out-of-service orders for nearly 2,000 large trucks

Anyone driving on I-35 is used to seeing a steady stream of semi trucks with deliveries in tow. Large trucks are so common that it's easy to forget about the dangers that drivers of cars face when sharing the road with much larger vehicles. Semis can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and they need more time to stop and more space to turn. Given the laws of physics, if a car collides with a truck, the results can be catastrophic.

Thankfully, serious car-truck accidents are not a common occurrence -- but they do happen, and life-altering injuries are often the result. To help ensure highway safety, truck drivers carry a regulated commercial driver's license. Trucks are also subject to regular inspections, including the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's International Roadcheck, which happened in Texas this past June.

Drivers of cars will find the results of the roadcheck disturbing.

The 2017 inspection shows startling results. Nearly 2,000 trucks in Texas -- about one-quarter of those inspected -- were taken out of service. Common causes for the out-of-service orders were problems with brakes and defective vehicle lighting.

In addition, 225 drivers were cited for various violations and ordered out of service. Violations by drivers included improper logbooks, hours-of-service violations and driver's license violations -- all of which pose a threat to other motorists and are important considerations in serious truck accident cases.

Some Important Things to Do after an Accident

Semi trucks and tractor-trailers are a major portion of our highway traffic in the Austin area, and bigger vehicles pose a serious risk of injury in the event of an accident. The recent roadcheck in Texas shows the threat, and it's important to know what to do, just in case.

Here are some important steps to take if you're involved in a truck accident:

  1. Seek medical attention, even if injuries appear minor at first.
  2. Report the collision to the authorities.
  3. If you are able, document any injuries and damages.
  4. Avoid saying too much to insurance adjusters. Their job is to ask questions that effectively minimize the amount of compensation you receive.
  5. Consult with an accident injury attorney as soon as possible.

The Importance of Details and Diagnosis

In the aftermath of a collision, your body is running on adrenaline and emotion. It's easy to overlook details, damages and even injuries. Safety is always the top concern, but you'll also need to create a clear record of what happened. Speak with first responders and police to ensure an accurate report, and try to create your own record as well. Use a cell phone to photograph the scene, and visit a medical professional as soon as possible.

Even if you don't feel immediate pains, a visit with a doctor can provide clear documentation of your health in case something surfaces later on. While bruises, cuts and broken bones are easy to identify, soft tissue damage and brain injury are two of the most common car accident injuries. These are not surface injuries that you can see, and a doctor will help to diagnose and treat them in a timely manner.

Considering the Full Cost of the Crash

The full extent to which a serious accident affects your life is not always a simple matter to prove. An experienced accident injury attorney can help to document the damages, including lost income and time away from work, as well as less tangible effects such as emotional damages.

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