Federal law allows a tractor-trailer to weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It can be difficult enough to control a “big-rig” on dry pavement. On a wet, snowy or icy roadway, maneuverability decreases while stopping distances increase significantly. When an 80,000 pound truck impacts with a 3,500 pound passenger vehicle, it’s highly likely that the results will be catastrophic. According to the Sandoval Law Firm PLLC, here are three of the most common causes of accidents between 18-wheelers and passenger vehicles.
Truck drivers have tight delivery schedules. Our Houston truck accident lawyer advises that although there are hours in service rules, many drivers ignore them. That results in sleep deprivation. Fatigued or drowsy driving is a major cause of truck crashes. Given their packed schedules, speeding or driving too fast for weather or traffic conditions also figures into the equation. Drunk or drugged driving also figures into driver error.
Worn brakes and tires are major maintenance issues in the context of being able to slow down or stop a large loaded truck. We’ve all seen parts of shredded truck tires on roadways. You have probably seen brake parts on the road too, but you do not realize what that debris is from.
Any Houston accident attorney will tell you that infotainment centers, cell phones and navigational devices are huge distractions on semi-trailers and passenger vehicles. Whether you’re in a large truck or a passenger car, pull over so a safe spot to talk, text or input information into any electronic device.
Don’t give any type of a statement to the opposing insurer. Texas law doesn’t require that. If you were injured or lost a family member as a result of the negligence of a trucker, contact a Houston truck accident attorney at the Sandoval Law Firm PLLC right away to arrange for a free consultation and case review.
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