Early last Friday morning in Houston, Texas, a driver passed away from a crash that caused his big rig to catch fire. The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m., and authorities are saying the driver veered off the road and hit the retaining wall on the inbound Hardy Toll Road. The 18-wheeler went over the wall, crashed, and then erupted into flames. Authorities are not sure what caused the 18-wheeler to veer off the road, but crews spent the morning clearing the charred wreckage, including a hazmat response. Crews were still in the late stages of cleanup around 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
In situations like this – where the sole occupant of a single-vehicle crash is fatally injured – it may be impossible to prove with certainty what caused the wreck to occur. However, experts are able to determine what factors may have contributed leading up to the wreck. Many times, commercial trucks veer out of their lanes and strike other objects due to:
- Human Error – According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), eighty-eight percent of wrecks are due to driver recognition and error.
- Over-speeding and overtaking
- Driver fatigue
- Drowsy driving is responsible for more than 100,000 collisions every year.
- Distracted driving
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can also contribute to nodding off at the wheel.
- Failure to secure loads
- Low filled liquid loads
- Many commercial trucks transport liquids like gas and oil, but are designed to hold a certain amount before they are full. Keeping a truck partially full can be dangerous as the liquids are able to slosh back and forth, causing the truck to sway.
- Lack of training
- Lack of maintenance
- Failure to maintain brakes in good condition causes at least twenty-nine percent of truck wrecks.
- Flaws in tire design, poor maintenance, and lack of proper inspection cause serious blowouts.
Truck drivers spend a lot of time traveling new and remote roadways, and during the night. When the city does not keep up with their roadways, or there are barriers on them, they can cause wrecks to occur. Even the most mindful driver cannot entirely prevent the risk associated with certain circumstances such as:
- Issues with the road or highway
- Unkept roadways, roads covered in barriers, and the weather all increase the risk of a wreck.
- Vehicle malfunctions
- Mechanical failures can happen when there is a fault design or installment. Trucks that are not loaded and kept effectively face the risk of rollovers, jackknifing, and other dangerous scenarios.
- Medical problems
- A heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical condition may cause a driver to lose control of the truck.
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Our expert attorneys at Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley have extensive experience in semi-truck wreck law suits. Because accidents involving trucks are often catastrophic, laws regarding their operation, maintenance, licensing, and insurance are very strict. The duty of care for truck drivers is higher than it is for ordinary motorists. Unfortunately, violations are common, putting the lives of the public at risk.
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If you or someone you know have been the victim of a semi-truck collision, to no fault of your own, you need a lawyer. Our attorneys at Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley posses the critical insight into commercial truck wrecks in oder to recover every single penny you deserve. There is no reason untrained truckers, or unkept semi-trucks should be a contributing factor to what happened to you. Companies who place their drivers and machinery on the roads need to be held accountable when they have failed to comply with rules and regulations that keep their driver, and drivers on the road, safe. To learn more, contact us immediately for a 100% free consultation. Tap above to call us or submit a form here now.