Big Rig Accidents on Texas Roads and Highways
Eighteen-wheeler accidents often have devastating consequences including catastrophic injuries and property damage. Unfortunately, in Texas the number of eighteen-wheeler accidents is on the rise. This page describes the reasons, consequences, advice, and common legal actions involved with eighteen-wheeler accidents in Texas.
According to the FMCSA, the most frequent truck violations are due to extreme wear on tires and defective lighting while the most frequent violation for truck drivers are the absence of driver logs.
Other common reasons for eighteen-wheeler accidents include:
- Bad Weather. Adverse weather conditions can cause vision difficulty for eighteen-wheeler drivers. Not to mention, rain and snow can make eighteen-wheelers harder to control.
- Blind Spots. Visibility for eighteen-wheelers can sometimes be greatly limited, which can lead to driver difficult in spotting nearby vehicles.
- Defective Equipment. Eighteen-wheelers can suffer from a variety of failures including brake and tire malfunction, which can lead to accidents.
- To entertain themselves on long hauls drivers often turn to cell phone usage, which leads to drivers who do not pay enough attention to driving.
- Driving Under the Influence. Drivers sometimes resort to anti-sleep medication or alcohol to survive the weariness of driving many hours at a time.
- Because drivers are paid by the trip rather than the hour, drivers often try to arrive at destinations in a shorter amount of time by avoiding sleep.
After an eighteen-wheeler accident, trucking companies immediately contact risk management teams to evaluate crash scenes and perform damage control. Because eighteen-wheeler accidents might involve a trailer and cargo owned by separate companies, there might be multiple parties involved at the accident scene, which can make matters even more complicated.
If you are involved in an accident, you have the right to a competent attorney to pursue legal action.
If you are involved in an eighteen-wheeler accident, there are some crucial pieces of advice to follow after the accident:
- Collect Evidence. If you are able to take photographs after the accident, do so. Following the accident, also be sure to collect all proper documentation. Collecting evidence can help with insurance claims or potential legal cases.
- Contact Law Enforcement. After an eighteen-wheeler accident, there is likely to be traffic obstruction in addition to personal and vehicular harm. Do not hesitate to contact law enforcement to assist in these situations.
- Medical Treatment. Receive medical treatment even if you do not have any apparent injuries, sometimes wounds are not immediately apparent.
Most eighteen wheeler accidents require a plaintiff to establish the eighteen-wheeler driver’s negligence. Negligence is a substantial element of eighteen-wheeler accidents, If the eighteen-wheeler driver violated any applicable regulations, this type of neglect will likely be applicable to your case. The employer of the eighteen-wheeler driver is also vicariously liable if the driver was in the duty of employment when the accident occurred.
Gathering the proper evidence for an eighteen-wheeler case can prove difficult. If you or a loved one has been injured by in an eighteen-wheeler accident, contact our law firm. Call 409-838-1000 or email our lawyers to schedule your free initial consultation.