Truck Drivers Call New 85-MPH Road In Texas Too Dangerous And Expensive
8 October 2012No Comments
Despite the fact that it was built to break up traffic congestion along I-35 between Austin and San Antonio, many commercial truck drivers in Texas say they plan to skip the new 41-mile stretch of highway 130 to avoid the risk of trucking accidents. The Texas Department of Transportation plans to set the speed limit for Texas 130 at 85 miles per hour – the fastest posted speed limit in the United States – which was intended to entice more drivers to use the road. However, the toll fees and extra fuel usage caused by driving faster have convinced many commercial drivers to avoid the new highway, not to mention the threat of serious trucking accidents caused by vehicles traveling at very different speeds. If you have been involved in a Texas trucking accident caused by another driver’s negligence, contact our experienced trucking accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
Variations In Speed May Lead To Trucking Accidents
Many large trucking companies install governors on their trucks that limit the speed of its vehicles to 65 mph for fuel efficiency and safety reasons. Unfortunately, driving a truck that maxes out at 68 mph can be extremely dangerous when sharing the road with vehicles traveling 85 mph and faster. “Any time you got two different speeds set for two different vehicles on the same road it’s going to cause a problem,” said a Texas truck driver. In response to this concern, the American Trucking Association has recommended that Texas reduce the Texas 130 speed limit to 65 mph, but others worry a slower speed will discourage some drivers from taking the toll road.
Trucking Accident Attorneys For Personal Injury Claims
Trucking accidents aren’t uncommon in Texas, and the result of a collision between a passenger car and commercial truck is often disastrous, given the size and weight of big-rigs and 18-wheelers. There are more than 500,000 trucking accidents in the United States every year, resulting in approximately 5,000 deaths annually. An alarming 12% of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. are the result of trucking accidents, and in collisions involving tractor trailers, the passengers or driver of the other vehicle are killed in 98% of instances. If you have suffered injuries in a trucking accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our skilled trucking accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to explore your compensation options. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries and medical bills, which you can pursue by filing a personal injury claim against the person found at-fault in the trucking accident.