Helping The Victims Of Truck Accidents
There is no room for poor decision-making when you are driving a tractor-trailer weighing upward of 60,000 pounds. Yet every day, truck drivers make errors that cost other people their health or their lives.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving a semi, a prompt investigation often uncovers a poor decision on the part of the truck driver. That decision may have been to take an over-the-counter drug while driving a truck. It may have been a decision to pass another vehicle without checking the truck’s blind spot. To protect your rights and hold the trucking company accountable, call our Houston law firm of B. L. Jensen, L.P., at or toll free at 832-460-3366 as soon as possible after an accident.
Brian Jensen has nearly 40 years of experience handling truck accident cases. He has been board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury law since 1982. This gives him the experience to handle complex cases involving contested liability and catastrophic injuries. Mr. Jensen has received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition a lawyer can receive from his or her peers.
Top Six Truck Driver Errors That Lead To Accidents
While it would be unfair to say that truck accidents are always the fault of the truck driver or the trucking company, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation. Even if you were partially at fault, you can still recover compensation in Texas as long as you were not more than 51 percent at fault.
The top six truck driver errors that lead to accidents are as follows:
- Drug use: Use of drugs, whether prescription or illegal, is the most common factor in truck accidents. Drugs can affect driver judgment and reaction times. Some prescription or over-the-counter drugs can cause drowsiness.
- Speeding: Trucks are harder to maneuver and stop than passenger vehicles. For example, a fully loaded tractor-trailer can require an entire football field to stop when traveling at 55 miles per hour. If the driver is going faster, stopping times will be even longer.
- Driving errors: Over-the-road truckers often drive on unfamiliar roads and are pressed to move loads quickly. Inexperienced drivers can make errors that cause accidents.
- Blind spots: Every tractor-trailer has blind spots where the driver cannot see vehicles in adjoining lanes. A negligent driver who does not know how to check his or her blind spots can cause devastating collisions.
- Driver fatigue: Driver fatigue is a factor in many accidents. Drivers are paid by the mile, so the longer they stay on the road, the more money they make. Drowsy truck drivers have slow reaction times and may even fall asleep.
- Distracted truck driving: Truck drivers who talk on cellphones, send and receive text messages, take pictures, consume food, or multitask while driving take their attention away from the road. This can lead to devastating rear-end collisions.
The Houston metropolitan area is a sprawling urban zone full of throughways that are sometimes the site of car or truck accidents. I-10, I-45, Highway 59, the Loop 610 tollway system and the Sam Houston 288 tollway. Heavy truck traffic on these roads leads to devastating collisions. Petrochemical businesses produce a great deal of truck traffic going to and from oil refineries. Cross-country and international commerce in our metro area results in the presence of many trucks from Mexico, Canada and out of state.
Our law firm has offices in Bellaire and Houston, and we handle truck accident cases throughout Texas.
For More Information About Truck Driver Errors
If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed, there is no cost or obligation to discuss your case with us. We will take the time to answer your questions and explain your options. Call or toll free at 832-460-3366, or send us an email to schedule a free consultation.
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