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Causes of Truck Accidents in Texas

Collisions involving semi-trucks or 18-wheelers are always dangerous due to the capability of these huge vehicles to cause major damages, severe injuries or death. Especially in the state of Texas, where the number of trucks on roads and highways has greatly increased, the safety of more motorists has also been put at a greater risk.

In its serious attempt to significantly reduce the number of semi truck accidents, which number to more than 250 annually, Texas has been strict in the implementation of state and federal laws affecting truckers and drivers. Besides the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which are directives addressed to truck operators all across the US, Texas has also imposed its more rigorous laws which require strict care in the maintenance and operation of trucks and in the hiring of qualified drivers. Some of these rules include:

  • A drug test on all drivers before employment, but most especially at the most practicable time following an accident. Operators must also regularly conduct a drug test on all drivers
  • Demonstration of the proper and safe handling of a truck by the driver
  • Drivers should be able to speak and understand the English language, has no record of serious violations of road safety laws and must be of proper age (at least 21 years old)
  • Drivers must observe traffic rules all the time, safely load all cargo, inspect the truck regularly, never drive when sick or fatigued, and so forth
  • Drivers must also keep a log which will indicate information, such as the start and end of their duty, total number of miles driven for the day, the name of their co-driver, etc.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the arm of the US Department of Transportation that is charged to implement all the safety rules and standards in the trucking industry, the most common causes of truck accidents in Texas are speeding, drunk-driving, reckless driving, aggressiveness on the road, running off the road, poor driving conditions, brake defect/failure, overloaded truck, inexperience or lack of training of the driver, etc.

Besides the possible severe physical injury a victim in a truck accident may sustain, the trauma the experience can cause may be enough to alter the lives of some people. Accidents are usually results of the negligent or irresponsible acts of some people. And since these acts can lead to another’s harm, the law holds the negligent person with the duty of compensating the victim for all the damages the injury will cause.

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