A Texas man has filed a personal injury complaint claiming he sustained “life-altering” injuries when a semi-truck crashed into the back of his car in an accident that took place in 2011. The suit was filed by Timothy Harmon against truck driver Justin Wilcox, Miller Brothers Co. Inc. and JBS Carriers Inc. on April 16, in Smith County District Court, and was removed by the defendant to the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. In his complaint, Harmon accuses Wilcox of negligence in the accident that occurred on May 9, 2011, when Wilcox’s truck collided with the rear of Harmon’s vehicle and allegedly caused his life-threatening injuries. If you have suffered truck accident injuries in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our reputable truck accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to explore your compensation options.
TRUCK DRIVER ACCUSED OF NEGLIGENCE IN COLLISION
According to the Texas personal injury lawsuit, Wilcox is accused of negligence for failing to control his speed, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to make timely application of breaks, failing to reduce his speed, driving too fast for the conditions, and for operating his vehicle in an improper and unsafe manner. Defendants JBS Carriers and Miller Brothers Co. are accused of negligent hiring, supervision, retention and training. The plaintiff in the personal injury case is seeking damages in the amount of $3 million for medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering, exemplary damages, disfigurement, disability and impairment, interest and court costs.
INJURIES AND FATALITIES FROM TEXAS TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
Most big-rigs and tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 20,000-30,000 pounds, compared to passenger cars, which weigh a few thousand pounds on average. This means that when there is a collision, particularly a head-on or rear-end collision, between a semi-truck and a passenger car, occupants in the passenger car are the ones who typically sustain the most devastating injuries. The consequences of accidents involving different-sized vehicles were examined in a 2002 National Institute of Health study, which found that occupants of passenger cars have a higher risk of fatality than occupants of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in car-versus-SUV collisions. Given the fact that big-rigs weigh significantly more than the average SUV, it makes sense that this risk would be compounded in accidents involving passenger cars and commercial trucks.
CONSULT OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS FOR LEGAL HELP
In addition to physical harm, serious trucking accidents can result in a dramatic financial and emotional hardship for the victim and his family as well, especially in cases where debilitating injuries prevent a primary wage earner from returning to work. If you have been injured in a major trucking accident in Texas, your first course of action should be to consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our legal team has extensive experience protecting the rights of truck accident victims throughout the state of Texas. With our personal injury attorneys on your side, you can seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and protect yourself and your family from further harm.