Truck Accident Facts – 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
An 18-Wheeler truck due to their size and weight can be very dangerous. They do not stop as fast as a car. According to the Department of Transportation there are about 500,000 trucking accidents every year in the United States with about 5,000 of these accidents resulting in a death. Truck accidents cause roughly 130,000 injuries every year in our nation. In Texas there were 284 fatal truck accidents and 2,339 accidents that resulted in serious injuries in just one year. Find more information here @ https://lawyers-pi.com/truck-accident-lawyers-san-antonio/
CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of 18-wheeler accidents. Many times it is directly tied to profits. The federal law known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations (FMCSA) limit the number of hours a driver may operate an 18-wheeler for any given day. A driver must keep a log book showing the time behind the wheel and the time of rest. Sometimes driver’s logs are changed in attempt to hide the fact that the driver is over the limit on their hours. Our attorneys meticulously review the driver’s logs then compares them to driver’s receipts, travel path and other documents to determine if the log books have been faked.
Poor Truck Maintenance
Poor maintenance causes truck wrecks. Tires that are under inflated can cause heat build up making the tire blow out. A tire blow out can cause a large truck to veer into the path of an innocent driver. Axle and steering problems can cause a crash. Thus it is critical to obtain access to the truck right after a crash to have experts conduct a complete inspection. It is also necessary to get the maintenance records and analyze them to determine if improper maintenance cause the crash.
Overloaded trucks do not stop as fast as they should and are harder to drive and put undue pressure on tires and brakes. Trucks are generally overloaded to increase profits but profits should never be put before safety. The Federal Highway Administration sets a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds for an 18-wheeler. If a crash occurs, it is critical to determine if the truck is overloaded immediately after the crash to prevent evidence from being lost or destroyed.
Freight that is improperly loaded or poorly secured can cause a big rig to jack-knife, overturn or veer into the path of an innocent motorist. The trucking company and driver may be responsible for these loading errors or failure to tie down freight.
Drugs & Alcohol
While accounting for a small percentage of truck crashes, drugs and alcohol still claim many lives. Article §391.15 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations makes it illegal to operate a large truck under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Mandatory alcohol/drug testing are required after a crash when the driver’s performance could have contributed to the accident (as determined by a citation for a moving traffic violation) and for all fatal accidents even if the driver is not cited for a moving traffic violation or when there is reasonable suspicion – conducted when a trained supervisor or company official observes behavior or appearance that is characteristic of alcohol or drug misuse. Visit this website
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