On Monday afternoon, a semi truck crashed on Interstate 45 in Dallas. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the one-vehicle wreck happened in the northbound lanes of I-45 over a bridge, near Simpson Stuart Road. The truck driver apparently lost control of the large big rig, and the cab portion of the truck slid over the edge of the bridge. The trailer remained overturned in the roadway until Tuesday, as the front portion of the truck dangled above the ground.
Truck Driver Escapes Cab Dangling Off Bridge
Thankfully, the truck driver was able to escape from the cab by jumping into a creek below the bridge. He then climbed back up the median and called emergency services. Lieutenant Matthew Edwards, of the Dallas Police Department, said the driver was lucky to escape with his life. Although few details were released about the crash, and the cause is likely still under investigation, the bridge was reportedly covered with ice at the time of the crash. Luckily, no other vehicles were involved, and the truck driver was able to escape safely.
Crashes Involving Semi Trucks in Texoma
Wrecks involving semi trucks and smaller passenger occupant vehicles can be devastating and deadly for victims. Tractor-trailers are so much larger and heavier than smaller cars and light trucks. Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies have additional rules and regulations to follow in order to keep the roads safe for all users. If truck drivers or commercial trucking companies are found to have violated regulations that resulted in an injury-causing or fatal crash, they need to be held accountable.
After a Tractor Trailer Accident
In 2012, 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks. Semi truck accidents can leave victims in the hospital, or worse. If you’ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident, you need to have an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Cases involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than cases involving only traditional passenger occupant vehicles. There are additional rules and federal regulations involved and more in depth investigative efforts may be necessary to determine the cause of the crash.
Wichita Falls Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.