Commercial trucks are heavy, large, and difficult to stop in an emergency situation. As a result of these factors, catastrophic and fatal injuries are common results when a 16- or 18-wheeler, semi-trailer, or large flatbed collides with a passenger vehicle. When the carelessness component is added, the scene is set to turn into a mess.
Due to the great devastation that their powerful vehicles can cause, truckers must take great precautionary and safety measures to avoid collisions and collisions. Unfortunately, these precautions – despite being binding by federal law – often fall by the wayside in an effort to meet goals and ensure speedy turnaround time. Commercial drivers who prioritize efficiency over safety are betting the lives of other drivers every time they get behind the wheel of their vehicle.
When commercial trucking companies allow or, in some cases, urge their drivers to ignore safety standards by driving in excess of hours, a preventable accident becomes unavoidable due to driver fatigue. . Sadly, intentional safety violations are common in the trucking industry, even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated in a report that “regulations that attempt to reduce fatigue are highly controversial and grossly violated.” When a truck accident in Houston, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas is caused by preventable human error, such as a driver falling asleep at the wheel, that driver is responsible for the victim’s medical bills as well as other expenses. . Depending on the specifics of the situation, liability may extend to the trucking company that hired the driver.
Although relatively rare, some truck accidents have nothing to do with unsafe driving, instead being caused by faulty truck parts like damaged brakes. In such situations, which fall under the category of personal injury law called defective product liability, the manufacturer of the defective product may be liable for injuries resulting from its use. In other cases, accidents are caused by negligent maintenance of a part of the truck. No matter how many parties are involved, we will carefully examine your case from every angle to identify the possible causes that led to your accident. When you call us for your legal consultation, we can help you determine if you have a personal injury claim for your Dallas truck crash.
While broken down equipment and faulty truck parts are occasionally responsible for accidents, most crashes are caused by driver error. Some common mistakes and operator mistakes that cause preventable truck accidents in Texas include:
Driving while distracted by texting, smartphone apps, food, or other interruptions.
Driving while intoxicated by drugs and / or alcohol, common stimulants and various “uppers” used to keep drivers awake during a long delivery.
Exceeding the compulsory driving hours established by Federal Law, known as Hours of Service (HoS).
Failure to properly maintain tires, brakes, and other truck components.
Failing to perform safety inspections on vehicles.
Negligently hiring truckers who have an accident record.
Violating traffic laws, such as running a red light.
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*Information obtained from: encasodeaccidente.com