Commercial trucks, such as tractor trailers, semi-trucks, and 18 wheelers are vital to transporting goods across Texas. Unfortunately, because of the size and speeds at which commercial trucks operate, an accident with one can be a death sentence, or can inflict catastrophic injuries on the victims.
Although in some accidents between a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer, the passenger vehicle is at fault, often the commercial trucks are responsible. Fortunately, most truck drivers follow the rules and drive safely. However, others choose to cut corners or skip safety precautions in order to meet a deadline or to make extra money. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in about 88 percent of accidents in which a large truck caused the crash, the truck driver’s actions were the cause of the accident.
Some common actions that truck drivers take that cause accidents include failing to take required rest breaks or driving too many hours, speeding, using drugs or alcohol, making illegal maneuvers, failing to pay attention to the road, failing to properly inspect the vehicle, failing to secure the truck’s load, and overloading a vehicle.
In tractor trailer accidents, there could be several parties responsible for the accident. The truck driver may be held personally liable for the accident, or often the trucking company may be liable for the accident. In some cases the company that leased the vehicle, or the company that is in charge of maintaining the vehicle may be liable.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a large truck, such as a tractor trailer or semi-truck, call the Irving personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our attorneys will walk you through the steps you need to take.