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Top Reasons for Truck Accidents in Texas

A total of 4,136 people were killed in U.S. truck accidents in 2018, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Many factors can contribute to truck accidents nationwide, from negligent driving behavior to equipment failure to hazardous road conditions. In Texas, the following are the most common reasons for large commercial truck crashes.

Driver Fatigue

Based on the findings of the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, fatigued driving is a leading of truck accidents, as reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Truck drivers are subject to FMCSA hours of service regulations, limiting the number of hours they can drive between off-duty time and rest breaks. Despite the rules, it is not uncommon for drivers to push the limits and operate a big rig without sufficient rest.

Distracted Driving

Long stretches of empty highway are a dull prospect for truck drivers to face. Like most drivers, they carry cell phones, listen to music, operate GPS devices, and eat and drink behind the wheel. Driver inattention is another leading cause of truck accidents. While operating an 80,000 lb. tractor trailer, truck drivers need to keep their hands, eyes, and attention strictly on the road.

Impaired Driving

Truckers often use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to stay alert for the long haul ahead. Some drive under the influence of illegal drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine. Although marijuana has been broadly legalized in some form in 11 states and D.C., it is still illegal to drive under the influence, as THC significantly impairs driving ability.

Aggressive Driving

Truck drivers are under a lot of pressure to deliver their loads. They may lose patience and drive aggressively, putting others on the roadway at risk. Aggressive truck driving may involve speeding, following too closely, passing illegally, unsafe lane changes, and failure to yield the right-of-way to other drivers.

Equipment Failure

Manufacturing defects or poor maintenance can lead to truck equipment failure on the road. Brake failure is the number one contributing factor to truck accidents associated with large trucks and their drivers. Tires can blow out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Breakdown or failure of the axles, headlights, wiring, or steering mechanism can lead to a collision with another vehicle that causes catastrophic or fatal injuries.

Inclement Weather

Loss of traction is a leading cause of jackknifing and other types of truck accidents. Rain, ice, or snow on the roadways can cause truck drivers to lose traction and control of their vehicles. When a truck is traveling too fast for weather conditions, it greatly increases the risk of a deadly truck accident.

Get a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer On Your Side

When a tractor trailer collides with car, SUV, or light truck, the passenger vehicle occupants are the ones who are likely to suffer serious injuries or death. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need a Texas truck accident lawyer to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call the Sorey Law Firm P.L.L.C. at (903) 207-5526. Our founding attorney, Dan Sorey, is a tough advocate for injured truck accident victims.