Semi- and Tractor Trailer Accidents
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are extremely dangerous. In the U.S., semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – the equivalent of 20 cars. In 2013, 71 percent of those killed in “large truck” accidents were occupants of other vehicles on the road.
Texas is a center of logistics activity: It employs more than 100,000 people in trucking, with major trucking firms headquartered in Houston and Dallas. Most drivers are conscientious professionals, but when accidents happen, it’s others who suffer.
Common Semi-Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents
Texas is an at fault insurance state. This means when there’s an accident, the circumstances must be investigated to determine who is at fault. The party at fault is responsible for compensating the other parties for their injuries.
As a result, victims must be prepared to argue their case in court. Compensation payments are typically made by the wrongdoer’s insurance company: This gives these powerful businesses an incentive to attack honest accident victims.
Common accident types include:
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Commercial drivers are held to high standards. A blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher is considered an offense – half as much as the standard limit for an adult driver. Evidence of impairment can come through a breathalyzer test. Even some on-board GPS systems used by commercial vehicles can establish that reckless driving took place.
A recent study revealed that when people text and drive, they divert attention from the road for nearly five seconds on average. That’s enough time to drive across a football field. Luckily, records from cell phones and other devices can be used to establish that distraction contributed to an accident.
Long hauling refers to driving for extended periods in violation of rules that limit shift length. In most situations, vehicle operators may not be active for more than 11 hours. To meet deadlines and quotas, many drivers use caffeinated “pep pills” and other substances that temporarily mask fatigue. These can be detected through blood tests.
Nguyen & Chen: The Truck Accident Attorney You Can Trust
If you’re in an accident with a large truck, getting immediate advice from a qualified semi-truck accident lawyer is essential. An accident is traumatic and confusing, but partnering with a reliable tractor trailer accident attorney helps you protect your rights and pursue money you may be entitled to.