The roads are shared by both trucks and cars. However, when these two modes of transportation collide, the aftermath can be devastating. Recently, an 18-wheeler collided with a car in Dallas, Texas, and wreaked havoc on traffic and the lives of those involved in the crash.

The accident occurred early on the morning of Jan. 6, 2014. Emergency crews rushed to the scene after an 18-wheeler accident occurred on Interstate 35W. The accident left several passengers of the car pinned underneath the massive truck. Emergency personnel worked diligently to move the trapped passengers from their precarious position. There was one serious injury and several other minor injuries. The accident caused part of the highway to be shut down. Drivers that normally utilize this highway were instructed to find alternate routes to their destinations.

Commercial vehicles, like this 18-wheeler, can be great hazards on the road. The cause of this accident is not yet known, but accidents like this one are often the result of distracted or reckless driving. The negligence sometimes extends beyond the drivers to the trucking companies. Companies that have policies that create overworked drivers that cause accidents must be held accountable for their decisions.

Individuals in Louisiana, who have been injured by an 18-wheeler through no fault of their own, may want to consult an accident attorney. Victims of these accidents often need immediate medical attention that requires time away from work. An experienced accident attorney can help these individuals receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages so that they can focus on their recovery.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, “Passengers trapped after crash involving 18-wheeler along I-35 in Fort Worth,” Jan. 26, 2014.