On this blog, an array of topics related to large truck accidents have been covered, such as the dangers associated with truck driver fatigue. However, it is crucial for people in San Antonio to take all factors into consideration when it comes to truck crashes, especially for victims of these collisions and their family members who have decided to take action. For example, a driver's age may be reviewed when focusing on the details of a truck accident.
For everyone on the road, colliding with a large truck can be perilous. Between the sheer size of these vehicles and the length of time it may take a trucker to slow down, those who collide with a semi truck often face an especially high risk of suffering an injury or passing away. In San Antonio, and in all other parts of Texas, some of these collisions occur because a truck driver was too tired to safely operate their truck. For trucking companies and drivers, avoiding trucker fatigue is crucial.
While you may not give truck accidents much thought, data on these collisions is collected annually. According to the most recent statistics of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2015 witnessed about 415,000 truck collisions. These incidents usually involved a commercial truck which weighed more than 10,000 pounds; typically, either one or more fatalities occurred or one of the people involved required emergency medical attention.
Filling out your trucking log can be tedious, but neglecting to do so can mean big penalties in Texas. Some truck drivers falsify their records on purpose to increase their pay and save time, while others simply do not feel that keeping track of every little detail is necessary. No matter which category you fall into, it is important to know how this decision can affect you. We at the Law Office of Tyler and Peery work to not only protect your rights as a truck driver, but also educate you about the consequences of illegal actions such as falsifying trucking logs.
If you are involved in an accident with another passenger vehicle in Texas, your insurance and the other driver's provider will likely be responsible to pay for the repair of any damage that is caused or injuries that are sustained. This is generally straight forward in multi-car accidents, but what happens when the other vehicle involved is a truck? U.S. Insurance Agents details who can expect to pay when you are hit by a truck.
As a Texas driver, you may have had an incident or two when another vehicle, motorcycle or cyclist found its way into your blind spot. Blind spots are the areas around your vehicle that can prove hard for you to see while you are manning the vehicle controls, and they are not exclusive to passenger cars, as truckers have them, too.
Texas residents have good reason to be concerned about the growing number of people texting while driving. This behavior takes not just a person's eyes off the road but hands and mental concentration as well. A bill in the state legislature that aims to ban texting while driving was recently passed by the House of Representatives. It will now be voted on by the Senate. Interestingly, handhled use of phones for non-texting purposes would still be allowed.
As a Texas motorist, you no doubt encounter your fair share of large commercial trucks when traversing the state's many highways. While it's up to truck drivers to ensure they are following the rules of the road, there are also steps you can take to keep safety a top priority. This may not always prevent accidents from occurring, but is important to reduce the risk of a serious injury.
Sudden traffic issues on the Texas highways could happen any time, but even if you are the most attentive driver, you may not get enough warning to stop quickly enough. The vehicle behind you is a threat, too, since that driver must also stop on a dime. When a large truck is directly in front of you, the underride guard may be all that keeps your vehicle from sliding under the trailer. Our team at The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery have often provided legal advice to people who have been injured or lost loved ones in crashes with commercial vehicles.
While cellphone use is dangerous for any driver, it can be especially deadly if you are operating a large truck. Texas lawmakers have taken this into consideration and created strict penalties and punishments for any truck drivers caught using a cellphone. The Texas Department of Public Safety details these consequences and how they can affect you.