If you’re a motorcyclist, does the sight of a loaded tractor-trailer send a shiver of dread down your spine? It should, because collisions involving a motorcycle and a large commercial vehicle do not usually end well for the one on the bike.
Injuries can be catastrophic
It is not uncommon for the motorcyclist to suffer catastrophic injuries in a truck accident. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord damage are two common yet devastating possibilities. Others include:
- Abdominal trauma
- Multiple bone breaks
- Back injuries
- Internal damage
- Traumatic amputation
These and other injuries can impact your mobility, well-being, cognitive health and mood, often for a lifetime.
Specific risks for motorcyclists
You may already give big rigs a wide berth, which is wise, but here are some reasons to provide them even more room on the road:
- Truckers cannot see you: Blind spots that wrap the sides and back of big trucks make it hard for truck drivers to see obstacles.
- Size plays a role: Heavy vehicles are slow to stop, especially in an emergency or unpredictable situation.
- Cargo calamities: Falling cargo can turn a bike excursion into an obstacle course or, worse, a demolition derby.
These are not the only dangers of cruising near a commercial truck, but they are among the most common. You also have the same accident risks all motorists share: drunk or distracted driving, truck malfunctions and negligent operations.
Protect your compensation
Under Texas accident compensation laws, victims with severe, long-term injuries may be entitled to pain and suffering on top of economic restitution. Consider obtaining a legal opinion to help ensure your truck accident claim covers all your losses, including bodily harm.