Poor Road Conditions and Trucks Are a Dangerous Combo
Because of their sheer size and weight, tractor trailers can cause serious injuries when they collide with passenger vehicles. Many truck accidents can be avoided when big rigs are operated by skilled drivers with proper training, rest, and focus, but poor road conditions can affect every type of driver and vehicle. The combination of hazardous roads and 18-wheelers can lead to catastrophic accidents.
What Is the Relationship Between Poor Road Conditions and Trucking Accidents?
Although many truck accidents are caused by driver error, poor road conditions are also a leading factor, as stated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Dangerous road conditions can cause a driver to lose control of the truck, causing the rig to jackknife or rollover, which can lead to a multi-vehicle pileup. Roadway problems that can contribute to deadly truck accidents include:
- Improper road design
- Shoulder drop-offs
- Uneven road surfaces
- Exposed rebar
- Broken concrete
- Debris in the road
- Cracks in the roadway
- Lack of adequate signage
- Poor drainage
- Poor traffic control in construction zones
These types of road conditions can cause a tire to blow out or cause the driver to lose control. This could lead to a rollover, jackknifing, or a collision with another vehicle.
Dangerous Roads in Texas
Texas roadways have experienced a high volume of heavily loaded trucks due to the oil boom in the Permian Basin. With the increase in truck traffic throughout this region, the various roadways in western Texas have begun to break down more quickly than initially anticipated. This has ultimately resulted in a feedback loop, wherein the rise in traffic and truck accidents increases the damage to the roads, and that damage then leads to additional truck accidents.
Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident Under Dangerous Road Conditions?
There may be multiple responsible parties in a truck accident claim. If poor road conditions contributed to a trucking accident, potentially liable parties may include:
- Truck driver: Commercial drivers are responsible for preventing truck accidents that cause harm to others. If driver negligence contributed to the crash, the truck driver may be liable.
- Trucking company: The company that employs the driver may be held liable for the driver’s actions, if they pushed the driver to ignore U.S. trucking regulations.
- Government agency: Local or state agencies are responsible for repairing or correcting unsafe road conditions. If poor road conditions contributed to the trucking accident that caused your injuries, the government agency responsible for maintaining the road may be partially liable.
If you have been injured in a Permian Basin truck accident, contact Sorey, Gilliland & Hull, LLP at (903) 207-5526 today. Our Texas trucking accident attorneys can investigate the crash to determine fault and liability, obtain and preserve evidence to support your claim, assess the full extent of your damages, deal with insurance companies on your behalf, and effectively pursue the compensation you deserve.