When residents of Texas have to transport furniture or other items in the back of an open truck, they may want to ensure that everything is tied down and secured properly. The consequences of items falling off the back of a truck can be disastrous. In a recent car accident that was reportedly caused by items falling onto the roadway, a woman sustained life-changing injuries.
According to the victim's family, she was traveling to work when the vehicle ahead of her lost a part of its load. When a rocking chair and ironing board dropped right in front of her, she instinctively swerved to dodge the items, and then crashed. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital and it was reported that she suffered a spinal compression fracture.
Spinal injuries can have life-altering consequences and a person with such injuries may be unable to work for a long time. The loss of income and medical expenses could ruin a victim financially. The person who dropped part of the load on the road in this specific case was apparently charged with only a misdemeanor. Such a charge typically results in a fine of $25 to $500.
When Texas road users are the victims of similar car accidents, they also typically retain the right to claim damages to cover medical expenses related to the accident, along with restitution for future medical care that may be necessary due to the nature of the injury. They may want to familiarize themselves with the legalities of filing a personal injury claim in a civil court. If successfully litigated, the victim may receive full and fair restitution to assist with medical and other expenses incurred as a result of an unfortunate car accident.
Source: kten.com, "Sherman woman still hospitalized after crash involving road debris", Meredith Yeomans, March 25, 2014