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Truck Accidents Archives

Tips to help drivers avoid jackknifing

Accidents that are caused because an 18-wheeler has jackknifed often cause serious injuries or even deaths. Some are surprised to know that jackknifing isn't inevitable even in dangerous conditions. Texas drivers can use the following safe driving tips in order to prevent jackknife situations.

Five chief causes of trucking accidents

Trucking accidents can result in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries for the passenger vehicle occupants. The disproportion between the weight of the average big rig (up to 80,000 lbs) and the average passenger vehicle (4,000 lbs) has a lot to do with it. Drivers in Texas should know that there are five common causes of truck accidents, the first being driver error.

Truck accident fatalities in Texas

Residents in Texas know that they must share the roads and highways with a wide range of vehicle types as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. It is the responsibility of everyone to follow laws and make wise decisions to help keep themselves and others safe. For truckers, there is a set of rules to follow in addition to the traffic laws that govern all other people. These are set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and one of the rules focuses on trucker fatigue.

Proposed changes to trucker drive times could endanger public

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering easing up on rules governing commercial trucker drive times across Texas and the nation, and while the trucking industry might view the proposed changes as a win, the motoring public is unlikely to do the same. At Gamez Law Firm, we understand that rules governing trucker drive times are in place to enhance public safety, and that, while easing up on these regulations may help today’s trucking companies, doing so potentially places everyone on the roadway in danger.

Texas hit-and-run attempt thwarted by good Samaritan

Authorities summoned to the scene of an accident between a new sports car and an 18-wheeler in Waco, Texas, last week cited the driver of the truck for an improper turn. Reportedly, however, had it not been for the efforts of a "good Samaritan" in a Jeep or similar vehicle, law enforcement may not have been able to issue the citation for a moving violation because the truck driver allegedly left the scene of the accident at first. 

Wrongful death lawsuit arises from Waco truck accident

After truck accidents occur in San Antonio, one of the more common questions that victims (and/or their families) have is whether liability lies with the driver that causes the accident, or the company that employs him or her? Typically, fault may almost certainly be linked to the actions of the driver, but in any situation where he or she was acting as an agent of his or her company, blame might be also placed with it. The same may be true if it is proven that a company knew that a driver was incompetent or unfit, yet still permitted (or even compelled) him or her to drive on its behalf anyway. 

Explaining where hazardous materials-carrying vehicles can stop

While many do not realize it, those driving in and around San Antonio are often traveling alongside trucks containing hazardous materials. While it is necessary to move such materials via the highway, that does not make the process any safer. Indeed, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, of the 16,850 incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials that occurred in 2017, over 90 percent happened on highways. An even more frightening statistic may be that only about 1.5 percent of these highway incidents were accident-related, meaning that a majority may have involved simple leaks or spills. 

3 Tips on Driving Safely With Commercial Vehicles

Even the safest San Antonio drivers may lack certain knowledge when it comes to driving around commercial vehicles. Large commercial trucks like big rigs operate much differently than passenger vehicles, which can result in a very serious accident if drivers aren’t careful. In effort to preserve the safety of all who share the road, FleetNetAmerica.com offers the following advice.

Tips on Preventing Truck Driver Fatigue

If you’re a trucker in Texas, you should know that fatigued driving is extremely dangerous. However, it can be difficult for many truck drivers to prevent fatigue due to tight deadlines and long hours spent behind the wheel. Doing so is vital however, as it will preserve your safety as well as the safety of other motorists.

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