Texas 18 wheeler accidents, big truck accidents and commercial vehicle accidents often have tragic results because they occur at high speeds, and because of the great size and weight difference between passenger vehicles and semi-trucks. Common causes of Truck Accidents:
- DUI – Driving a truck under the influence of alcohol.
- Driver Fatigue – Cross-country truck driving is very weary and tiresome. A driver may experience fatigue and unwittingly cause a truck accident.
- Truck Overturns – Major causes of accidents are driving too close to ditches or on soft shoulders, driving on slopes with an uneven load, and raising the truck bed on uneven ground.
- Crushed by the Bed – Failure to block a raised bed while working on the hoist can result in the bed coming down on a person.
- Vehicle Collisions – Accidents resulting from poor brakes, nonworking signals, or driver fatigue are common during the harvest season.
- Transporting Equipment or Other Materials on Trailers – Failure to load and secure equipment or other materials properly can cause the load to either fall off trailers or cause the towing vehicle to lose control.
- Overloaded Trucks or Trailers – Overloading trucks or trailers puts additional strain on the vehicle, particularly the brakes and tires. Towing a trailer with a weight heavier than the towing vehicle will lead to loss of control, especially down hills.
- Loads That Shift Weight – Livestock will shift weight when turning corners or when making sudden swerves. Liquids in tanks will slosh back and forth if no baffles are installed in the tank. Maintaining the control of a truck is difficult when weight slips especially on poor road conditions.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or wrongfully killed in a truck accident anywhere in the State of Texas, you should contact us immediately for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. It is important that you hire an experienced attorney immediately so that they can begin the evidence preservation process before it is lost.
For more information on truck or semi-truck accidents in Texas, contact us and we will guide you through the process. Consultations are FREE.