Overview of the statistics and causes of commercial vehicle accidenets.
Texas Accident Law Firm Experienced in Commercial Truck Accidents
A truck accident can be physically and emotionally devastating for all the parties
involved, particularly when a small passenger vehicle collides with a large
commercial truck. Because of the enormous weight and size of commercial
trucks, the injuries sustained in accidents are often serious and disabling,
requiring expensive and long-term medical treatment. Truck accidents are also
complicated because of industry regulations and the number of parties involved:
motorists, truck drivers, owners, brokers, and insurance companies.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Annually, more than 10,000 people are killed in accidents involving large
commercial trucks. Nearly 40 percent of all truck accidents involve driver fatigue
and sleep deprivation due to unrealistic expectations and timelines set by
transportation companies. Other causes of truck accidents include:
Lack of proper driver training
Alcohol and substance abuse
Abrupt lane changes by passenger vehicles
Incentive compensation encouraging speeding and long operating hours
Exceeding the weight/road limit
Operating on smooth or re-treated tires
Each state, including Texas, has specific regulations and oversees compliance
with both trucking companies and truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees and maintains company safety records,
hazardous material warnings, and driver qualification requirements for all large
commercial vehicles thatrequire a special license to operate.
If you were seriously injured in an accident with a truck in Houston, contact
personal injury attorney Jeff Todd for competent and effective representation.
Our firm will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your accidentrelated
damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and diminishment of earning
capacity. Contact us online or call (832) 243-4953 to schedule your free case
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