Round Rock Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Truck accidents can be the most dangerous and damaging type of wreck on the road. When fully loaded, an 18-wheeler can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, nearly 40 times more than an average car.
This is a real problem for motorists in the state of Texas, which is ranked one of the top five states in the U.S. for truck accidents. In fact, in 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 296,000 trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds were involved in accidents in the United States, accounting for 70,000 injuries and 3,380 deaths. The saddest part is more than 87 percent of those accidents were attributed to driver error and likely could have been avoided.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver error is the main cause of truck accidents in the U.S. The reasons for driver error are many, but listed below are some of the more common causes of 18-wheeler accidents due to driver error:
- Aggressive driving
- Inadequate observation
- Lack of familiarity with surroundings
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Prescription or over the counter drug use
- Insufficient training
Negligence on the part of an 18-wheeler driver or a trucking company is another major contributor to semi-truck accident. This can include:
- Defective equipment: 29 percent of all truck accidents are the result of faulty brakes or failure to maintain other equipment, such as tires and horns.
- Distracted driving: Using cell phones for talking or texting while driving, playing with the radio or other equipment, and reading maps lead to accidents.
- Fatigue: Because many truckers push their physical limits in order to deliver their cargo on time, driving while tired is one of the leading causes of 18-wheeler wrecks.
- Intoxication – Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can result in serious and even fatal collisions.
Avoiding 18-Wheeler Accidents
We suggest you keep the following safety tips in mind when sharing the road with semi-trucks:
- Never drive in front of an 18-wheeler and then suddenly apply your brakes. When moving great mass and weight, tractor-trailers may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you.
- Stay out of their blind spot and make sure your vehicle is always visible to them.
- Make it easy for a truck to pass you–don’t try to outrun them.
- Never tailgate a truck. This not only causes you to be in their blind spot but also disables you from seeing what’s ahead.
- Never pass a truck on the righthand side, as this can put you in their blind spot when they make their move back into the right lane.
- Give all trucks enough time and space to make stops and turns. Remember, these trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can easily crush any car that gets in their way.
Get Help from an Experienced Round Rock Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, the Round Rock truck injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the knowledge and resources to help you pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today at 800-863-5312 to receive a free legal consultation from one of our skilled Texas truck accident lawyers.
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