Commercial Trucking Accidents Make Texas Roads More Dangerous Every Year
3 April 2013No Comments
The oil boom along the Eagle Ford Shale is bringing plenty of business to South Texas, but new data indicates that the resulting increase in commercial trucks on Texas roadways may be putting the lives of Texas drivers at unnecessary risk. According to statistics recently released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 2012 saw plenty of tragedies in the counties along the Eagle Ford, with 102 fatalities – nearly half of which were related to accidents involving commercial trucks. If you have suffered injuries in a trucking accident in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, contact our knowledgeable truck accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today.
Texas Trucking Accidents On The Rise
It makes sense that an increase in commercial truck traffic in Texas would result in an increased risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities. In 2008, there were only three commercial truck fatalities in the nine counties along the Eagle Ford, a figure that jumped to 13 in 2011. Last year, those same counties saw 47 deaths resulting from accidents with commercial vehicles. Overall, 818 trucking accident fatalities were reported throughout the state of Texas in 2012, a dramatic increase from 487 deaths in 2011. However, increased traffic isn’t the only factor that plays a role in trucking accident deaths in Texas. Too often, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are poorly maintained and operated by under-trained drivers who spend long hours behind the wheel.
Big Rigs Inspected During Operation Road Check
Every summer, Texas DPS troopers conduct Operation Road Check, a weekend-long checkpoint where specially-trained troopers stop commercial trucks at random and inspect them in an effort to improve safety on Texas highways. According to DPS statistics, nearly one-quarter of all commercial trucks stopped by troopers fail the inspections. In 2012, DPS stopped more than 8,000 big rigs and placed 1,763 out of service due to safety violations. Unfortunately, for trucking companies, time is money, and it costs them time and money to ensure that their trucks are properly maintained and their drivers are adequately trained. As a result, even the most basic safety standards are ignored, which increases the risk of trucking accidents, injuries and fatalities in Texas.
Consult Our Reputable Truck Accident Lawyers For Help
If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the truck driver or trucking company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. No person should be forced to suffer serious or life-threatening injuries as a result of another person or party’s negligence. Unfortunately, when it comes to Texas trucking accidents, this is often the case. Contact our experienced legal team today to discuss your possible compensation options.