Accidents involving large trucks (semi-trailers, tractor trailers, big rigs, or 18-wheelers) are among the most serious and catastrophic in the nation. Collisions between these large commercial trucks and other cars on the roadways almost always result in life-changing injuries or tragic deaths, while the driver of the truck usually walks away with little to no injury. Many serious accidents on Texas roads and highways resulting in death are attributed to large trucking accidents, especially 18-wheelers.
If someone is involved in an accident with a large truck and is killed or injured, it is usually is the result of a trucking company’s negligence or recklessness. Trucking litigation usually involves claims against negligent truck drivers and the companies who hire them. Most wrongful death lawsuits against trucking companies in Texas are based on claims of negligence. As such, you will need an aggressive attorney who can properly show how the trucking company failed to act in a responsible manner, and how that failure caused the incident in question.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
There are obviously a large number of possible causes of serious trucking accidents. Some of them may include:
FATIGUE: The driver may have been fatigued and tired. Truckers sometimes work under an immense amount of stress and pressure to haul loads across large distances. This can sometimes lead to driver fatigue, causing accidents. According to a series of studies, driver drowsiness is a leading cause of accidents involving commercial vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that truck driver fatigue contributes to as much as 40 percent of all heavy truck crashes.
SIZE: Large trucks, regardless of the specific type, are very hard to maneuver. They need increased stopping distance and will take longer to pull out and make turns than all other vehicles than most each and every other kind of motor vehicle on the road.
ALCOHOL/DRUGS: The driver could possibly have been under the influence or alcohol or drugs, or may have been momentarily negligent or reckless as a result of an intoxicant, such as prescription pills.
IMPROPER FASTENING: Improperly loaded material, such as boxes and/or freight, can lead to dangerous conditions on the roadway.
MECHANICAL FAILURE: A defect in the mechanics of the machinery, such as brake failure, can lead to trucking accidents.
ROAD CONDITIONS: Various road conditions can contribute to an accident, such as rain, ice, or sleet. Also, road construction might have been present contributing to the accident. It is important for truck drivers to adhere to all traffic laws, especially when road conditions are hazardous.
OTHER DRIVERS: Other drivers near the truck may have contributed to erratic driving behavior.
Trucking companies are hired to haul goods and materials across large distances within strict time constraints. They are in the business of making money, which means that it is imperative for their shipments to be delivered promptly and quickly. Often this mindset can take president over driver safety, at the expense of helpless motorists on the road.
The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, will do everything in their power to ensure trucking companies are held accountable for any possible negligent behavior, and victims properly compensated for their loss. If you or your loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call The Defender. The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, is a full-service law firm fully dedicated to protecting your rights. Call Carl at 214.702.CARL (2275) so he can being a thorough and comprehensive review of the facts leading up to the accident to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
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