Texas Truck Accident Attorney Serving the Greater Houston Area

Truck accidents are usually defined as accidents between large trailers (over 10,000 pounds) and over vehicles or pedestrians. Even though the number of trucks on U.S. roads has increased greatly over the years, statistics show that truck accident fatalities have remained fairly constant at  approximately 5,000 per year. This is, of course, still far too many. In 2015, there were 46 crashes involving Commercial Vehicles in Houston, Texas alone. 

East Texas Truck Accident Statistics

Because of the size and weight of large trucks is so great, one out of every eight traffic fatalities in this country involves a trucking collision and the vast majority of these fatalities involve the death of individuals in passenger vehicles.  Some of the statistics concerning truck accidents are surprising, such as that well over half of all fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas, during the day.  Also, unexpectedly, well over half of fatal truck accidents in recent years have occurred on weekends. In 2015, the residents of Texas crashed over 34,000 times with a commercial vehicle such as a tractor trailer or 18 wheeler. 

There are two types of vehicle accidents that can occur involving trucks. The first is an accident caused by a passenger vehicle and the second is an accident caused by the truck itself. 

Truck Accidents Caused By Passenger Vehicle Drivers in Texas

Drivers of passenger vehicles, mostly cars, are often the cause of accidents with large trucks. Most commonly, drivers of smaller vehicles are unaware of the limited performance capabilities of large trucks to accelerate, maneuver and brake as easily as cars. Most drivers of passenger cars are also unaware of the limited visibility truck drivers have.

Unfortunately, drivers of cars frequently make the following mistakes, any of which can be extremely dangerous:

  • Driving in the areas behind and beside trucks where the truck driver has limited visibility.
  • Suddenly changing lanes in front of a truck
  • Going to the right of a truck that is making a wide right turn
  • Making a left turn in front of a truck, misjudging the truck's speed towards an intersection
  • Merging into traffic without allowing enough time for the truck to maneuver or brake
  • Passing a truck without allowing sufficient room to take over
  • Passing a truck and being adversely affected by the truck's cross-wind
  • Not allowing the truck driver room to change lanes or merge
  • Moving too slowly or too quickly when pulling in front of a truck or trying to let one pass
  • Driving between two large trucks
  • Abandoning a car in a travel lane or not when pulled completely off the highway

Truck Accidents Caused by Commercial Truck Drivers

While most commercial truck drivers are trained well and highly skilled, they may be at fault in truck accidents, not only due to the size and weight of the vehicles they drive, but because of their own, or their employers', negligence. Reasons truckers cause accidents, include:

  • Poor driving technique, inadequate training, personal problems, substance abuse
  • Pressure by employers to drive too quickly and for more hours than is safe
  • Improperly maintained trucks
  • Failure to take enough refresher courses in safety
  • Failure to slow down in work zones
  • Failure to keep sufficient distance from other vehicles
  • Failure to signal when turning or changing lanes

Because of the increased size and weight of large trucks, and their decreased maneuverability, truck drivers, and all drivers who share the road with them, should exercise extra caution. If you are involved in an accident with a large truck, we at Chandler, Mathis, & Zivley, are highly competent and well-prepared to represent you in settling a personal injury claim or instituting a lawsuit. Request a consultation with one of our Houston truck accident attorneys for more information. 

Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC has offices located in Houston and Lufkin Texas and serves clients throughout East Texas as well as many other states.
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