In June 2017, a tractor-trailer carrying pigs crashed during rush hour, spilling 100 pigs onto the highway. According to a Fox News report, two semi-trucks and a regular car were involved in the crash, which happened south of Dallas. The truck carrying the pigs tipped onto its side and burst into flames. Fortunately, the media reports that no one was injured in the accident.
This was by no means an isolated incident. Accidents with trucks hauling livestock have happened before, and they will sadly happen again in the future. In April 2017, a semi-truck carrying 160 pigs struck a guardrail and tipped over. The driver was injured, and several of the pigs died in the crash. Police officers who responded to the crash cites the truck driver for drinking and driving.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with trucks hauling livestock, you may not know where to turn next. Many people contact a personal injury lawyer who handles a wide range of injury cases. The problem with this approach is that truck accidents are very different from other types of personal injury accidents.
A semi-truck is a huge, expensive vehicle, and many semis are owned by carrier companies — not the driver. This means you will most likely have at least two defendants in your lawsuit. Furthermore, the truck driver may live in one state, and the carrier company may be located in another. You’ll also have to deal with the insurance company, and maybe more than one.