Driving next to 18-wheelers can be both scary and dangerous. The large and powerful force of a semi-truck roaring down the road is intimidating to drivers of smaller vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. 18-wheelers are involved in some of the biggest and deadliest accidents across America. Although 18-wheeler truck drivers are licensed professionals, trucking accidents still occur quite frequently.
Every year in the US there are approximately 400,000 trucking accidents, which comprise about 8% of all motor accidents – 4,500 of which are fatal. Although that may seem like a small number, when you consider that there are far fewer 18-wheelers than any other vehicles on the road, this figure is astounding.
I-35 in Texas is ranked as #5 in top deadliest highways across America. With all the 18-wheelers zooming across the state, there’s good reason for concern. In Texas alone, there were over 16,401 crashes involving semi-trucks in a 2011 report, 299 of which resulted in death.
The common cause for 18-wheeler accidents is driver fatigue. Although there are laws limiting how much time can be spent driving on the road, many drivers exceed that limit. When traveling those long stretches of lonely Texas roads, driving can be especially tiring. Other causes of 18-wheeler accidents include tire blowouts, faulty equipment, and sideswiping other vehicles when changing lanes because of blind spots.
Contact Angel Reyes and Associates today if you or someone you care about has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident. Our expert DFW truck accident attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve.