Common causes of semi truck accidents in Texas
Eighteen-wheeler and other large trucks often weigh 10 times the weight of most passenger vehicles. When an accident occurs, the smaller passenger vehicle, driver and passenger can be seriously injured.
The big rigs travel everyday on highways and roads with passenger vehicles, and, because of that, it is important that truck operators drive cautiously and not take risks. Too often, however, either the truck driver or the trucking companies compromise safety and truck accidents occur.
The following are common situations that can contribute to a semi truck accident.
- Aggressive drivers
- Unrealistic schedules
- Failure to inspect tires, brakes and lights
- Lengthy work-shifts
- Driving with an unsecured load
- Use of amphetamines by the truck driver
- Tire tread separation and tire blowouts
- Driver fatigue
- Cell phone use
- Failure to install blind spot mirrors
- Truck jackknifing and rollovers on slippery roads
- Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limit
If you are injured in an accident involving a large truck, it may be possible to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against both the negligent truck driver and the trucking company that employs him or her. If the accident involves a commercial vehicle you may also have a claim against the insurer of the trailer.
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