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Big rig blues: Why large trucks can terrify Texas motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

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.