What Causes Truck Accidents?

In Texas, truck accidents can unfold in unfortunate ways including property damage, personal injury, and vehicular destruction. In 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation reports that there were 3,534 deaths in Texas involving vehicular accidents. Despite the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issuing a guide to Improve Highway Safety, a variety of events can lead to truck accidents.

Road Conditions

Many times, due to the condition of the road, drivers are unable to properly navigate commercial vehicles, which results in drivers losing the ability to control the vehicle.

  • Example 1. A truck flipped onto its passenger when rounding a corner at a high rate of speed.
  • Example 2. A truck jack-knifed due to slick roads after a rainstorm.

Driver’s Condition

Sometimes, the driver’s physical conditions leads to a driver who is unable to remain in control of the commercial vehicle.

  • Example 3. A distracted driver began coughing causing the driver to lose control of the truck. The truck crossed the meridian strip, and ended up partially blocking the oncoming lane.
  • Example 4. A truck driver was bitten by a dog in the vehicle causing the driver to lose control and the vehicle to swerve into a ditch.

Following Traffic Signs

Drivers who fail to obey traffic signs can create dangerous situations, in which collisions or other types of accidents are almost inevitable.

  • Example 5. While making a right-hand turn, a truck failed to obey railroad crossing signs and struck an oncoming railroad train.
  • Example 6. A truck failed to observe traffic directions and slammed on the brakes causing the vehicle to jack-knife, collide with another vehicle, and explode on impact.

Lane Switching

When drivers attempt to switch lanes of traffic, accidents can result due to a number of factors.

  • Example 7. A truck switched lanes and clipped a vehicle in the truck’s blind spot causing the truck to lose control. The truck then crossed the interstate, jack-knifing a truck traveling in the opposite direction. A third vehicle collided with the two crashed trucks.
  • Example 8. A truck veered between Interstate lanes but did so too quickly and drove through several parking lots and hit the first floor of a hotel, killing a man who was sleeping inside.

Speed

Because drivers are paid by the haul rather than the mileage or the hour, drivers often speed to reach destinations quicker. Speeding trucks can lead to loss of driver control, which can in turn cause accidents.

  • Example 9. A truck fails to control its speed thus cannot break properly. Resultantly the truck strikes the behind of a car, whose driver sustains personal injuries.
  • Example 10. A truck traveling down the interstate, lost control, and ended up flipped over the top of a vehicle, which nearly struck nearby pedestrians.

These examples highlight only some of the truck accidents that can occur in Texas. If you or a loved one are facing an issue involving a revoked CDL and require the services of a skilled accident attorney, contact our law firm. Call 409-838-1000 or email our lawyers to schedule your free initial consultation.