Dallas Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler truck in Dallas or anywhere in the state of Texas? Call the experienced truck accident attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313 for a FREE case evaluation.
Big rig, semi, and 18-wheeler accidents are particularly dangerous due to their sheer size and mass. Passenger vehicles tend to take the brunt of these collisions, which often times results in serious and even fatal injuries.
Why do truck accidents occur so frequently on Texas roads? Oftentimes it comes down to profits over safety. Our Dallas truck accident attorneys have witnessed trucking companies claim that they are revising their safety policies and procedures time and again in an effort to reduce the number of deadly accidents. Unfortunately these new protocols are rarely put into action and trucking companies continue placing profits ahead of the safety of other motorists.
DID YOU KNOW: Over 15 million trucks are driving on the road in any given year, and in that time there are over 400,000 truck accidents leading to over 100,000 injuries.
7 common causes of truck-vs-car accidents in Dallas:
Speeding: When a truck driver speeds in order to meet a deadline, he or she is acting recklessly. Attempting to move an 80,000 pound road monster faster then the speed limit is never a good idea. It is very hard to stop when you have that much weight and mass behind you.
Heavy Payloads: Heavy loads can compromise the balance of an 18-wheeler truck. When a trucker is carrying an unusually heavy load, it becomes more difficult to maneuver and stop even at normal speeds. In addition, when a loaded-down truck does hit car, the damage is far more severe. Flatbed trucks and tanker trucks are notorious for this, but dump trucks and garbage trucks are often just as bad.
Lack of Maintenance: Maintaining semi trucks is necessary to avoid mechanical failure. If a truck is not properly maintained, even the safest truck driver is at a much greater risk of causing an accident. One mechanical failure such as brakes or suspension is, unfortunately all it takes to cause a deadly accident to happen.
Lack of Sleep: Truckers are human just like the rest of us and when they are overworked or sleep-deprived, they make mistakes. It’s important to realize that many experienced truckers are paid by the mile, and thus want to push their bodies to the limit in order to earn a better paycheck. In essence, when they sleep, they lose money. Because of this, many truck drivers push themselves too far and end up falling asleep at the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) already allows truckers to drive as much as 11 hours at a time. Some truckers have been found falsifying hours-of-service records in order to appease their bosses or increase their pay.
Highway Hypnosis: This condition refers to a sort of trance-like state that occurs after a driver goes thousands of miles watching the same monotonous road scenery. Eventually a driver can zone out, causing an inhibited ability to react in an appropriate manner.
Blind Spots: One of the first thing new drivers learn when taking a semi truck driving test is to avoid the blind spot. Most mirror systems on trucks do not allow the trucker a full view of the area behind them. Loud engine noise also tends to drown out any honks from concerned motorists. This makes it very easy for them to accidentally sideswipe other vehicles.
Carelessness or Recklessness: Last, but not least, some truckers simply negligent in their attitude that other motorists should yield to them because of their massive size. Not every motorist can and the results can be deadly.