Houston gets more than its fair share of trucks passing through on I-10 every day, and most make it through without incident. But when things go bad with a big rig, the situation can quickly turn deadly.
Large trucks accidents were responsible for over 4,000 fatalities in 2018, according to the most recent data made available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The size and weight of long-haul trucks have led to strict regulations in the name of public safety, and falling short of these requirements could lead to deadly consequences.
Safety investigators or Texas State Troopers might perform on-site checks to make sure operators are within regulations:
- Hours: There are limits on how long a trucker can drive due to the extreme drop-off in ability when fatigue sets in. They can only drive so many continuous hours and have to take breaks during their trip and between hauls. A driver will need to keep track of all these hours and be able to hand it over during inspection.
- Vehicle: Trucks with defective equipment are twice as likely to be involved in an accident, so they need to be up to date in servicing. The requirements can range from working brakes for safe stopping distances on down to functional windshield wipers for continued visibility.
- Driver: Semis take a great deal of training and experience to operate safely. For this reason, operators need a commercial license along with endorsements for hauling hazardous materials. The person in control of the carrier will need to have their paperwork ready to show that they are allowed to carry their load.
Getting compensation after you’ve lost a loved one could depend on your ability to prove the truck was responsible for the accident. Make sure you know where they could come up short, and you could be on your way to getting the recovery you deserve.