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Posted by Robin on Sep 26, 2017

Arlington Truck Chase

Most of us don’t think of our daily commutes as particularly eventful. We drive to work, get angry at the traffic, then drive back. Often, we barely even consider the possibility of an injury or car crash during it. But in July, Dallas-Fort Worth commuters faced a very different situation when a man driving an 18 wheeler truck led the police on a twenty-minute car chase towards Arlington. The man, who may have stolen the vehicle, traveled near or over 100 miles per hour for most of the chase and showed little regard for other drivers on the road. He crashed into vehicles and drove other drivers off the road, ultimately injuring over a dozen people. Fortunately, no one was killed during the chase. After his vehicle crashed into a retainer, Arlington police and SWAT quickly arrived to arrest the man.

As anyone who’s been in a car accident knows it can be a traumatic experience. Even if you’re not severely injured, the event can be quite terrifying. Many people may not know what to do or how to react in the event of a bad crash. When it’s such a sudden situation as the one mentioned above, it can be even more shocking. And even injuries that aren’t life-threatening can still cause significant problems. Something as seemingly minor as a broken bone or small neck injury can require people to miss work, cause difficulty taking care of the home, and incur significant medical expenses.

Then there are the property costs involved. Everyone is required to buy car insurance before they drive, but it may not cover the full amount of the damages. For someone who is already struggling financially, this can make already present problems perilous. And if your insurance doesn’t cover a replacement vehicle while yours is being repaired, you may be out of luck. Going to work, going to the store, visiting friends- all become significantly more difficult when you don’t have a vehicle of your own.

According to this law firm, when a truck is involved in an accident it’s the company who owns the truck that assumes liability (assuming the accident was caused by a fault of their truck or driver). This is a good thing. Larger companies will have more resources to help pay for damages/medical expenses that you may incur as a result of a collision. Plus, since many of them are very focused on vehicle safety, they may be more willing to help in order to maintain their image or avoid a scandal. This only applies when they’re the ones at fault, of course. If you’re the cause of a collision, you’re the one who’s going to have to pay for the damages. So make sure you always drive safely. You never know what may happen. None of us wants to be the one who has to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars. And we especially don’t want to be responsible for injuring or killing another person.

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