If you have been involved in a wreck involving a commercial vehicle, you are in for a different experience than a car wreck with an individual. Commercial vehicles include taxis, buses, monorail cars, delivery vans, heavy trucks, and any vehicle in which the driver was working for an employer. They are more likely to have a team of attorneys on their side who will look to minimize the damage to you and your vehicle, if not deny culpability for the accident all together.
Baytown Commercial Vehicle Wrecks
In Texas and Baytown, commercial vehicles are subject to certain laws and regulations. They must comply with many rules before being legally allowed on the road. In order to save money, some commercial vehicles violate regulations or skip inspections on items such as:
- Texas weight and size laws
- Texas speed and other traffic laws
- Texas criminal law
- Texas hazardous material regulations
- Texas driver licensing laws
- Texas vehicle registration laws
- Other Texas registration laws that are applicable to commercial vehicles
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Wrecks in Baytown
A wreck involving a commercial vehicle can happen anywhere including public and private roads, parking lots, and even work zones. For the year 2015, there were a total of 22,260 vehicle accidents that took place in work zones. These collisions resulted in 140 deaths in addition to 747 “incapacitating” injuries, 3,002 “non-incapacitating” injuries, and 6,025 crashes were an injury may have occurred. A few causes of these commercial vehicle wrecks include but are not limited to:
- Mechanical Defect in Vehicle: These defects can include faulty electrical systems and sensors, wheels and tires with improper air pressure, inoperable braking systems, failure to repair and maintain the vehicle, and many more.
- Driver Error: Commercial vehicle drivers are required to drive with 100% of their ability at all times. However, issues like fatigue, lack of sleep, inadequate training, inadequate supervision, and even intoxication often result in wrecks. This is why commercial drivers should be regularly tested for drugs and other prohibited substances.
- Environment and Weather Issues: In keeping with the above, commercial vehicle drivers are also required to get off the road should conditions make driving dangerous, even if they are on a tight schedule. The maintenance of the roads or work zone areas can also be a factor in a commercial vehicle wreck, along with failure to maintain and upkeep. In these types of cases, the local, state, or federal government may also be liable for damages.
- Failure to Contain Hazardous Materials – Drivers of commercial vehicles and their employers are required to take all precautions when transporting a hazardous material. However, when they fail to do so, it can be devastating. Whether the hazardous material comes into contact with the other driver, driver of the commercial vehicle, or anyone else in the vicinity of the accident, someone can be held liable for securing the material.