18 Wheeler Accidents | Why Are They Deadly?
According to TxDOT, there were at least 34,230 accidents in 2015 involving a commercial motor vehicle. At least 6,162 people were injured from which 1,522 suffered incapacitating injuries and at least 601 people lost their lives. The number of commercial Truck accidents in Texas are high due to the number of interstate highways that pass through our state’s borders.
Accidents involving 18 wheelers often result in fatalities. This fatalities are caused due to the size difference of trucks versus passenger vehicles. A truck can weigh up to 20,000 pounds without a load. A truck with a load can easily weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In comparison to a vehicle which ways under 5,000 pounds trucks can devastate other vehicles even at moderate speed. There have been fatalities involving 18 wheelers that were moving under 15 mph. The protection equipped in passenger vehicles, seatbelts and airbags, aren’t enough when coming into an 18 wheeler that weighs 16 times the weight of their vehicle. Also, it takes an 18 wheeler much longer to stop than a smaller vehicle.
What Are the Most Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents?
The common causes for 18 wheeler accidents involve, sleepy drivers, speeding, tire blowouts, faulty equipment, and switching lanes. There are laws that limit how much time can be spent driving on the road but, unfortunately, most drivers ignore this law and exceed the limit. Driving can be extremely tiring when traveling through long stretches of dark and lonely Texas roads. The speed limit law is also often violated by both large truck drivers and smaller vehicle drivers. Due to this disrespect of the law many car accidents have resulted in unfortunate fatalities. A professional truck driver must be aware that it is required that they inspect their truck and load on a daily basis to ensure that is is in safe operation conditions. The motor carrier is also responsible to make certain that every truck that is being sent out on the roadway must be safe and in proper operation conditions. If the condition of the vehicle plays any part in a serious truck wreck, the defending attorney must be prepared to inspect the vehicle with qualified experts on trucking regulations and big rigs. One of the most common causes of 18 wheeler accidents happen while switching lanes. Truck drivers have side swept vehicles when changing lanes because of blind spots. Drivers must be aware of the difficulty of being seen when driving next to a truck and therefore become cautious of trucks changing lanes. It is important for drivers to share the road responsibly with large trucks. The link below will take you to the TxDot website which offers safety tips for drivers.
It is important that everyone is aware of the risks of being involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler and to be prepared to take legal actions. If you or your loved one’s have been injured in an 18 wheeler accident, with us your rights are fully protected. J. Ramirez Law Group PLLC uses our knowledge in the commercial trucking industry to uncover the important details as well as the data needed to make your case a success. We will also review the facts disclosed by police along with the law enforcement investigation.