Truck Accidents | Lenahan Law Firm Blog
The trucking industry often touts how easy it is to start driving commercially while also bragging about how experienced its drivers are. The truth is that truck drivers must complete several government-mandated tests, screenings, and background checks before they get behind the wheel of a big rig. Even then, drivers must agree to regular and random testing throughout their career to ensure they are fully qualified to haul cargo.
Truck driving is a dangerous enough profession. It requires special training to operate a massive vehicle while surrounded by other drivers and passengers. Because of the effort it takes to steer and smoothly operate an 18-wheeler, it is imperative that every truck driver stay fully alert out on the road.
A driverless truck may sound like far-flung technology from a science fiction book, but this new stage in transportation is already here. In fact, the very first test of a self-driving truck took place in 2016 by Uber.
Since then, more and more companies have decided to try their hand at making a road-ready self-driving truck. Most of these inventions aren’t ready for the real road yet, but that hasn’t stopped these companies from testing them on our Texas highways, putting our people at extreme risk.
Truck accidents are terrifying, devastating, and deadly. Countless people across the United States lose their lives to truck accidents every year. Even worse, trucking companies do everything in their power to deny liability, even when they are clearly responsible. Thankfully, there is a tool that everyone filing a truck accident claim can use: the black box.
Most truck accidents are disastrous. When a heavily loaded commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, serious or fatal injuries are almost inevitable. How could any ca be expected to hold up against a vehicle that weighs upwards of 80,000 pounds? After a truck accident you may pin the blame on driver error, but that isn’t always the case. Sadly, in some cases, big-rig accidents are the direct result of a failure to inspect and maintain the truck as required by law.
The federal government has an invested interest in everyone’s safety on America’s roads and highways. This is why anyone who wants to get behind the wheel of a car needs to prove they can drive safely first and always follow practices outlined by the Department of Transportation. But the government also recognizes that commercial trucks, with their increased size, increased weight, and increased amount of time spend on the road, inherently pose an even greater threat to peoples’ health and wellbeing when driven negligently. To this end, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was founded in 2000 and implemented additional federal regulations truck drivers must follow to help avoid and prevent truck accidents.
Have you ever been behind the wheel for three, four, maybe even five hours in a single day? The exhaustion you can begin to feel is heavy and it might be difficult to keep your eyes open and your reaction time gets sluggish. Not many of us would feel safe if we had to drive somewhere in these conditions, and yet this is part of the job description for commercial truckers.
The average shift for a truck driver is at least 14 hours with only 3 hours’ worth of breaks throughout the day. This means that they are steering a huge, heavy vehicle for 11+ hours a day. Truck driver fatigue is almost assuredly going to set in towards the end of their shift, and this puts everyone else on the road in serious danger.
Texas maintains strict laws and requirements for all commercial truck drivers. These requirements dictate the weight of a driver’s load, hours during which they can operate, and who can and cannot operate the semi-truck.
Established to prevent accidents and preserve highway safety, Texas’ regulations should be followed at all costs. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to adhere, simply out of laziness or a rush to get more work accomplished in one day. Accidents occur as a result and other drivers on the road suffer long-term consequences. If you were recently involved in a Dallas truck accident, an attorney may be able to help you file a claim.
Lenahan Law Firm is offering a $5,000 reward for judicially-approved information related to an I-35E 18-wheeler hit-and-run accident. Information related to this accident is instrumental in giving a family the justice they deserve as a result of this unfortunate incident. If you or anyone you know has information related to this case, contact the North Dallas Crime Stoppers Hotline at (877) 373- TIPS or submit a tip online at WebTips.
$5,000 Reward for Information in 18-Wheeler Hit & Run
At around 9:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving Sunday, an 18-wheeler traveling north on I-35E (a few miles past Carl’s Corner) veered onto the shoulder of the highway and killed a Dallas woman in front of her family. The driver of the truck did not stop their vehicle, and it is believed they may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.