The trucking industry in Texas has experienced strong growth in recent years due to economic factors that have boosted demand for freight transportation services. Approximately 1.2 billion tons of freight are moved on state highways annually, as reported on The Trucker. Roadways in Russwood Acres and the greater Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area are becoming more congested with semi-tractor-trailers. In addition to heavy rush hour traffic, Russwood Acres commuters are faced with the challenge of navigating around big rigs on the road every day.
A collision involving a passenger vehicle and a large commercial truck is likely to cause serious injuries to the occupants of the passenger vehicle. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact The Lenahan Law Firm. Unlike “settlement mill” firms, we limit the number of cases we accept so your case receives the attention it deserves. Our attorneys have been awarded membership in the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, listed among Texas Super Lawyers, and rated 10.0 by Avvo.
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Although many factors can contribute to truck accidents, they are often caused by some type of negligence on the part of the trucker, the trucking company, a truck or parts manufacturer, or another party. There may be multiple potentially liable parties in a truck accident claim. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigued driving: Although it is a violation of federal hours of service regulations for truckers to drive too long without rest, some do it to meet strict delivery deadlines. This can lead to driver fatigue, which can significantly impair driving ability, or worse – falling asleep at the wheel of a big rig.
- Impaired driving: Psychoactive drug consumption is a problem among truck drivers, according to a study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene (JPMH). Researchers found the overall prevalence of drug consumption among truckers to be 27.6%, with amphetamines accounting for 21.3% and cocaine for 2.2%. Chronic consumption of these drugs has been found to decrease driving skills.
- Speeding: Truck drivers who feel under pressure to meet deadlines may speed. Large trucks require more time and distance to stop than smaller passenger vehicles. The faster a trucker is driving, the less control he or she has over the rig and the more difficult it becomes to stop in time to avoid a crash.
- Improperly secured cargo: It is important not to overload a truck and to secure cargo properly. Otherwise, the weight of the load can shift, causing the truck to roll over or jackknife. Cargo spills can occur when cargo is not properly loaded and secured with restraints and ties. This can leave hazardous obstacles or toxic chemicals on the road.
- Unsafe lane changes: Big rigs have particularly large blind spots, also called “no zones,” on all four sides. Truckers have a responsibility to signal and carefully check their blind spots before changing lanes. When they fail to do so, it can cause deadly collisions.
Truck accidents can cause severe, catastrophic, or fatal injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and paralysis, crush injuries and amputations, internal organ damage, severe burns, and death.
If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in a truck accident caused by the negligence of another, call The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008. Our Russwood Acres truck accident attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We have extensive experience handling truck accident cases and a history of recovering high-value settlements.