Spend just ten minutes on our Texas highways and you will surely notice the abundance of large 18-wheelers, tractor trailers and semi-trucks that are surrounding you. Because of the large volume of these vehicles on the roads, there are obviously going to be a significant number of accidents that involve them. In Texas, trucking accidents are on the rise.
Truck Accident Statistics
There are some alarming national truck accident statistics that deserve your attention. Take a look:
- 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States.
- About 5,000 of these accidents end in a fatality. 98 percent of these fatalities occur to the driver or passengers in the smaller vehicle.
- The average cost of a commercial trucking accident is $59,150.
The 2010 statistics for the state of Texas are quite staggering:
- There were 15,676 commercial truck accidents.
- 2,339 truck accidents that resulted in serious injuries. Of those accidents, 284 were fatal.
What is the cause of the increase?
There are several reasons for the increased amount of trucking accidents in Texas, and some are rather frustrating because they could be avoided.
Trucks haul almost every necessity, want, or need we may have across the country every day. We rely heavily on them for these things, and the increase of trucks on the roadways will more than likely result in more accidents. This puts all of us a greater risk of serious injury or death.
The oil boom in South Texas has caused an escalation of 18-wheeler trucks traveling throughout the state. Bloomberg.com recently reported,
“…the U.S. Census Bureau shows that counties in south and west Texas are now among the fastest- growing places in the U.S. as oilfield workers rush to the Eagle Ford Shale.”
While the oil boom is having a very positive effect on the Texas economy, the negative effects of more trucks on the highways also exists.
Why Are Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
Trucking accidents are always more serious than passenger vehicle collisions. Because of this, there are federal laws that mandate trucking companies and their drivers. These laws are put in place to decrease the serious consequences that result, such as paralysis, or death, of victims involved.
Regardless of these regulations, trucking companies and their drivers sometimes choose to put profits over safety. One of these regulations requires that truck drivers keep log books where they track the number of hours they drive before resting. They are allowed a certain amount of driving hours before they must stop and rest. Unfortunately, when they do not follow these rules, they cause preventable accidents that often result in death.
Because of their massive size, many trucking accidents involve several passenger cars. You can surely imagine the damage that is caused in these scenarios. As a Texas truck accident attorney, it devastates me to see the destruction caused and lives ruined when people become seriously injured because trucking companies and their drivers refuse to follow safety regulations. Because of this, I aggressively pursue the negligent parties that have caused lives to be lost and innocent drivers to become seriously injured.
Contact an Experienced Texas Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a trucking accident, or a life was lost, and you suspect that the trucking company or driver may have been negligent, there are certain steps that you must take in order to receive fair and just compensation.
Are you aware, for example, that many trucking accident insurance companies are often the first on the accident scene before police or state investigators arrive? They are working very quickly to minimize or eliminate your claim.
That’s where Parker Law Firm steps up to the plate to fight for your rights. We are fully aware of what’s going on, and are fully prepared to stop the ploys of the insurance companies before they even start. Time is of extreme importance, so don’t wait . Contact us today for a Complimentary Strategy Session and we will gladly answer your urgent questions and place you on the pathway to justice and the compensation you deserve.
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