Texas’ recent economic success has contributed to an increase in truck accidents in the state. An accident on Texas 16 near FM 624 left one truck driver killed. The truck accident occurred when a tanker truck did not yield the right of way and crashed into another tanker, killing its driver. The other driver was released from the hospital with injuries.
Fatal truck accidents are on the rise, especially in southern Texas, due to the Eagle Ford Shale energy boom. Roads near that area are increasingly busy and unsafe, and the increase in commercial truck traffic is causing Texas residents to worry about their safety on the road.
Though it is difficult to pinpoint just one reason for the increase in truck accidents, the TxDOT data shows that many accidents are caused by truck drivers’ negligence. These drivers are often ignoring construction zone signs and not repairing defective headlights. According to a study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver error is the cause of 87 percent of truck accidents attributed to large trucks. Distracted driving and falling asleep at the wheel is common, as well as speeding.
In 2010, 3 percent of fatal truck accidents involved drivers with detectable blood alcohol content. Despite the 0.08 legal limit in all 50 states, 2 percent of those drivers had a BAC level of between 0.08 and 0.14. The good news is that out of all the major categories of drivers, large truck drivers had the lowest percentage of drivers who had any BAC. However, drunk truck driving is still a problem that must be given more attention.
With road improvements and more focus on negligent driving, truck accidents will hopefully be kept to a minimum, and victims of truck driving accidents and their families will hopefully be able to recover compensation for their injuries through personal injury claims.
Source: My San Antonio, “Deadly crashes keep adding up as area sees more truck traffic,” Jennifer Hiller, Aug. 14, 2012