This Blog was posted By The Carabin & Shaw Law Firm. principle Office in San Antonio, Texas
Due to the large size and weight of trucks, an accident involving a truck can be absolutely devastating. All across the country, trucks are used to transport goods. Many times, a truck is involved in a crash, causing the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle to become severely injured, which results in lifelong disabilities. Sometimes, the result of this type of accident is death. Our attorneys will represent you if you lost a loved one in a truck accident and it was due to the negligence of the truck driver.
Causes of Truck Accidents include:
Drowsy truck drivers
Failing to yield
According to data from the US Department of Transportation:
Texas had the highest number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2018 at 658, and the largest number of total vehicles involved
in fatal crashes.
In 2018 there were 4,951 people killed in crashes involving large trucks, almost a 1-percent increase from 2017.
Seventy-one percent of people killed in large truck crashes in 2018 were occupants of other vehicles.
Seventy-seven percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2018 occurred on weekdays (6 a.m. Monday to 5:59 p.m. Friday).
Three percent of the drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2018 had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams
per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, much lower than drivers of other vehicle types (25% for motorcycles, 21% for passenger cars, and 19% for light trucks).
In 2018 drivers of large trucks in fatal crashes were less likely to have previous license suspensions or revocations than were passenger car drivers.
Large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2018 had a higher percentage (21.2%) of previously recorded crashes compared to
drivers of other vehicle types (motorcycles, 19.8%; passenger cars, 19.0%; and light trucks, 17.5%)
Many truck drivers in the country are forced to work long hours due to tight, busy schedules and deadlines. Most go many, many hours – or even days – with very little sleep or no sleep at all in some cases. Because of this, many truck drivers make poor decisions on the road or even fall asleep at the wheel. This results in collisions with other vehicles which causes injury and death to innocent drivers, even when they were abiding by the rules of the road.
Have you or a loved one been severely injured in a catastrophic truck accident? Contact our Truck Accident Attorneys to schedule a free consultation.