Diesel trucks are essential for transporting goods and essential products across the country. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, over 60% of commercial freight was transported by trucks in 2002, with numbers from the American Trucking Association suggesting that it may be as high as 80% in more recent years. Everything from food products to livestock and construction materials are transported across the country on 18-wheelers, cement trucks, garbage trucks, and other large trucks.
These huge vehicles come with a high risk of catastrophic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports nearly 4,000 people were killed in vehicular accidents involving large trucks in 2012, with over 100,000 injured. Heavy loads prolong a truck’s stopping time and carry more momentum into each accident. When colliding with a smaller car, the truck can easily cause devastating destruction. According to NHTSA, the occupants of other vehicles make up 73% of the fatalities and injuries resulting from wrecks involving large trucks.
Negligence can be a huge contributor to the causes of truck accidents, as a lack of diligence can easily lead to a tragedy.
Trucking accident negligence can include:
- Hiring drivers with a record of traffic problems
- Assigning difficult loads to inexperienced drivers
- Overloading trucks
- Driving trucks down roads that are too small or on roads that bar their use
- Failing to obey traffic signals or road signs
- Neglecting to stop at weigh stations
- Driving fatigue from not taking breaks
- Distracted driving, including cell phone use or two way radios
There are many parties that could be liable for a trucking accident, and it can sometimes be difficult to determine who is ultimately responsible. A manufacturer, owner of the truck, truck driver’s employer, or the driver himself may be liable for the consequences of an accident and the financial burden that falls on the victims.
The victims of a trucking accident may find themselves suddenly facing massive problems in the wake of the crash. Lost wages from being unable to work and climbing medical bills can be overwhelming, in addition to the long-term consequences of any injuries. If negligence contributed to the accident, however, the responsible parties may be held liable for those financial burdens.
Seeking a Texas Trucking Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a collision with a 18-wheeler or diesel truck, you can turn to the experienced personal injury lawyers of The Gutierrez Law Firm for trial tested representation as you seek compensation for your injuries. They can help determine who may be liable for your damages, and they can help you pursue what you are owed.