Truck Accidents in Texas on the Rise

Texas is the second largest state in the US, and it has a lot of highways and byways being traversed by all kinds of commercial vehicles. It is not really surprising that in 2012 there were 26,403 crashes involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV), including truck accidents, in all of Texas. Of this number, 460 were fatal (525 fatalities), 3,738 were serious injury (5,287 seriously injured) and 4,181 were injury crashes (7,193 injured). These figures represent a 17% increase in the number of CMV-related fatalities and 8% of CMV-related crashes to 2011. There were no fatality-free days in Texas for 2012.

While these numbers are for all CMV-related crashes, truck accidents are bound to have a significant contribution because of the size and nature of the vehicle. Most trucks are used to transport goods across many miles, and truck drivers make more money if they drive more miles. The chances of trucking accidents rise when there is a great demand for services because the faster you travel with fewer breaks, the faster the trucking company and driver earn. This is still negligent behavior, and victims of truck accidents can recover damages and get compensation from the driver and carrier.

A truck driver does not even have to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or be distracted by cell phone use or eating to be involved in truck accidents. All that is needed is for the truck driver to ignore regulations and skip mandated rest periods and fatal consequences can easily follow. It is said that driving while deprived of sleep can be just as bad as driving while drunk. The long hours, monotonous occupation and lack of sleep make large trucks weapons on wheels on the roadways to the detriment of smaller, more vulnerable vehicles. According to the Truck Accident Resource Center, 98% of the fatalities in truck accidents are the occupants of the other vehicle. This is pretty clear, as trucks are so much larger than the average car that their drivers are in safer positions when they are involved in accidents.

If you or someone you know sustained injuries due to the negligence of a truck driver in Texas, consult with a personal injury lawyer with experience in dealing with truck accidents. Irresponsible people have no business being behind the wheel of a large truck, and should be made to pay for it when they make critical mistakes that harm innocent people.

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