Causes of Truck Accidents
Let an experienced truck accident lawyer in Texas fight for you
Causes of truck accidents in Texas can run the gamut, from distracted drivers to trucking companies that hire inexperienced operators. As experienced San Antonio attorneys for truck accident victims, we know the causes of truck accidents frequently arise directly from the action of the driver. Contributing factors may include:
- Inexperience with the items/type of trailer in tow
- Exceeding the speed limit, particularly in downhill stretches
- Failure to navigate turns without impeding on other lanes
- Backing into pedestrians or vehicles
- Truck Tire Blowout Accident
- Truck Driver Fatigue
- Cell Phone Use and Texting Truckers
- Drunk Truck Driver Accidents
A truck tire blowout can have disastrous consequences. Our Texas attorneys know that serious trucking accidents involving defects can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. If you think these accidents are rare, think again. Recently, an oilfield vehicle on Interstate 20 in Ward County apparently experienced a tire blowout. According to news reports, the vehicle crossed a median and collided with a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. Three people were killed and two others were taken to the hospital for treatment.
We handled a similar accident involving a truck with bad tires that resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit. The accident in the Eagle Ford Shale area occurred in 2011. Attorney Jorge Herrera settled the multimillion-dollar case involving a negligent trucking company.
How Oilfield Truck Accidents Can Happen in Texas
Tires typically wear out quickly on the trucks that carry heavy loads for oil companies. These vehicles haul thousands of pounds of material and travel many miles every day over ranch roads often littered with rough debris.
When we handle injury and fatality cases involving trucking accidents, we put experience and resources to work for our clients to show that a trucking company failed to follow proper procedures. In many cases, trucking companies could have prevented the accident if they performed proper maintenance or regular safety inspections. We investigate, interview witnesses, consult with experts and take all necessary steps to build a compelling case designed to produce results.
We know that safety should never take a backseat. Trucking companies unfortunately may try to cut corners to squeeze out extra profits. Such behavior should not be tolerated. That’s why it’s critical for injury victims and families who lost loved ones to contact an experienced oilfield truck accident lawyer in Texas. A truck blowout accident lawsuit may be necessary to hold the negligent company accountable.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Truck driver fatigue puts everyone on the road at risk. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation that regulates the interstate trucking industry, has “hours-of-service rules” that spell out how long drivers can operate at one time. Truck companies face pressure to deliver their goods quickly and may put pressure on their drivers to ignore those rules. Such unsafe practices put everyone at risk.
Truckers may break the rules to cover more ground. Unfortunately, this can lead to truck driver fatigue accidents. A drowsy trucker or a trucker who has fallen asleep behind the wheel can have traumatic consequences, resulting in injuries ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that truck driver fatigue may be the cause of 40 percent of all 18-wheeler accidents.
The San Antonio truck accident attorneys with our firm know how to investigate trucking companies after an accident. In the course of an investigation, it may come to light that the company forced the driver to violate the hours-of-service rules. In other cases, a driver may have fallen asleep due to medication or alcohol intoxication. Whatever the cause, the Herrera Law Firm knows how to pursue maximum compensation for clients.
A truck driver fatigue accident can lead to serious injury, or even a wrongful death. Because several insurance carriers may be involved, it’s crucial to have a qualified lawyer at your side if you’ve been hurt in a truck accident. With nearly 30 years of serving injury victims, our Texas law firm has the experience you need to recover compensation so you can move on with your life.
Cell Phone Use and Texting Truckers
Distracted driving is among the top reasons for accidents on the road, particularly as cell phone usage grows. Texting truckers are a nuisance on the highways. Some studies have compared texting-while-driving to the hazards associated with drunk driving.
Regulations to prevent texting accidents involving trucks
In January 2010, the federal government formally barred truckers and bus drivers from sending text messages while driving. The legislation is part of a growing effort to make laws to eliminate the threat of distracted drivers.
“We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This is an important safety step, and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving.”
Texting truckers are 23 times as likely as their non-texting counterparts to be involved in a crash or near miss, according to an analysis by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute. Researchers examined commercial trucking data from 2004 to 2007 that involved 203 truckers and 3 million miles of driving.
Our attorneys know how to investigate big rig accidents to ensure our clients get all they deserve. The law is on your side!
Drunk Truck Driver Accidents
In the state of Texas, the driver of a commercial vehicle is subject to a stricter DWI (driving while intoxicated) standard than a driver of a non-commercial vehicle. A truck driver with blood alcohol content (BAC) over .04 is legally a drunk driver. (Non-professional drivers face a limit of .08).
The government has sent a strong message to truck drivers that DWI, or driving under the influence (DWI), is not to be tolerated on Texas roads, or other highways in the nation.
Negligence and drunk truck driver accidents
The truck driver negligence at the root of a drunk driving accident is as clear as the reading on the breathalyzer. However, the negligent behavior may go beyond the driver. Commercial trucking liability on the part of the trucking company extends to supervision and assessment of the drivers. We typically investigate every angle to be sure that all parties who contributed to the drunk truck driver accident are held accountable.