Common Causes and Liability for Truck Accidents in Texas
23 August 2017No Comments
The commercial trucking industry in the United States is an integral element of our economy. Shipping goods by truck is one of the most efficient and economical means of transporting goods from one end of the country to the other end. However, the use of this form of transportation means that we must share the road with these extremely large, heavy vehicles. The results can be catastrophic for victims of large truck accidents.
Because the injuries and damages in a truck accident can be substantial, we urge you to seek the advice of a Texas truck accident attorney. We want to help you fight the truck company and its insurance company for a fair and just settlement for your claim. Call our office now for a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.
Causes of Large Truck Accidents
In many cases, the cause of the truck accident lies with the truck driver or another third party. Common causes of truck crashes include:
- Truck Driver Error — Truck driver error is one of the most common reasons for truck accidents. Errors that can result in a collision include impaired driving (by drugs or alcohol), drowsy & fatigued driving, reckless driving & speeding, distracted driving, and texting & using a cell phone while driving.
- Truck Driver Inexperience — This is another cause of large truck crashes. The driver does not have enough “real road” experience to operate the truck safely or handle problems. The driver or the company may be liable because companies have a duty to hire safe drivers and provide driver training as necessary.
- Weather Conditions and Dangerous Road Conditions — Adverse weather conditions such as rain, smog, ice, fog, smoke, and snow can cause a crash. Likewise, dangerous road conditions can create a hazard that causes a crash. A driver cannot predict the weather, but the driver can take steps to reduce the risk of a crash such as slowing down or allowing more room between him and the vehicles in front of him. In addition to the driver, another party may also be liable if a dangerous road condition caused the collision.
- Lack of Maintenance or Defective Parts — The company and the driver have a duty to maintain the truck. A lack of maintenance can result in brake failure or reduced visibility because of inadequate or broken lights. Tires that are not inspected and changed regularly can “blow out” causing an accident. However, another company could also be liable if a defective part was a factor in the crash.
- Improper Loading of Goods — Goods can shift during transport. If the loader does not place the goods on the truck in a safe manner or overloads the truck, the load can shift causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Truck accidents cause traumatic injuries for occupants of other vehicles and non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians and bicyclists). The NHTSA reports that 4,067 people died in truck crashes in 2015 — 84 percent of the fatalities were occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. Of the 116,000 people injured that year, 77 percent were occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.
Liability for a Truck Accident
As discussed above, the liability for a truck accident is determined by the cause of the accident. If the truck driver was speeding or the driver was texting while driving, the driver can be held liable for damages. However, there could be more than one person or party responsible for the crash. For example, if the truck company failed to maintain the truck’s brakes and that was a factor in the speeding accident, the company and the driver could be held liable for damages.
Because we want to maximize your ability to recover full compensation for your injuries and losses, we thoroughly investigate the accident to determine the party or parties responsible for the accident. By naming multiple parties, we increase your chance of recovering full compensation for all damages.
Call a Texas Truck Accident Attorney
You may be entitled to receive money for your truck accident claim. Call Bandas Law Firm, P.C. at (361) 541-6413 for a free consultation at your convenience 24/7. You may also contact our office by using the contact form on our website. Our office is in Corpus Christi, but we help individuals throughout the United States.