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.
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.
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.
The driver of a pickup truck that had crashed into a tractor-trailer in Kaufman County, Texas is alive today in part because of the rescue efforts of a sheriff's deputy with the assistance of bystanders who witnessed the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Like most Texas residents, you regularly see tractor trailers and other large vehicles hauling goods on a variety of roads across the state. Whether delivering produce to a grocery store, consumer electronics to other stores or gasoline to fuel stations, these big rigs are a necessary part of our world. They are also a potential source for serious injuries or death if they are involved in accidents.
A collision with a speeding 18-wheeler can have devastating consequences. Given that tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, the impact of a large truck can be like that of a missile, and people in smaller vehicles often suffer catastrophic injuries in truck accidents.