During the current oil and gas boom in South Texas, the amount of truck traffic has skyrocketed, and much of that is on roads that used to feature little to no traffic at all. With so many trucks and cars driving together on relatively narrow roads, there has been a sharp increase in accidents involving trucks. If you're driving your car near a large truck, you should be extra cautious. But sometimes, no matter how careful you are, an accident happens, and the potential effect on you and your family can be devastating.
Because they are much larger, heavier, and more difficult to stop than passenger cars, accidents involving large trucks like 18-wheelers tend to cause more severe injuries and fatalities than other traffic accidents, especially when the crash involves a passenger car. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks are involved in around 4,000 accidents every year, many of them in collisions with passenger cars. And if a car is involved in an accident with a large truck, the occupants of the car are ten times more likely to die in the accident as the truck driver. And even if they don’t die, injuries are often serious, and require years and years of medical bills.
This is why truck drivers and trucking companies are covered by federal and state regulations that require them to operate with a higher standard of care than passenger car drivers. But even with the extra oversight, accidents happen, and often, it's because of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company. The driver may have been distracted by a cell phone, fatigued, under the influence, or is just unskilled or unfamiliar with the road. In some cases, an accident may be caused by the truck's mechanical failure, which may be caused by a number of factors, such as improper maintenance or overloading the trailer.
Accidents involving large trucks are usually devastating to a family, both emotionally and financially. You can bet that the trucking companies and insurance companies will do all they can to pay you as little as possible, and they are not interested in protecting your rights. If you have been involved in a truck accident in Texas, you should hire experienced Texas Trucking Accident Lawyers to stand up for your rights. The Texas Trucking Accident Lawyers at Ramsey Hill LLP are experienced enough to know how to handle your trucking accident lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of an accident involving a large truck, immediately contact a Texas Trucking Accident Lawyer at Ramsey Hill LLP for advice. It is extremely important to do this quickly to ensure that evidence is preserved, statements are taken, and the rights of all claimants are protected.