The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 5,000 truck accident fatalities in the United States in the last reporting year and Texas had the highest number of trucks involved in a fatal crash. Further, there has been a 12 percent increase in the total number of individuals killed in trucking accidents over the last ten years. These startling facts about Texas trucking accidents make it clear that motorists should take every precaution to drive safely when traveling, especially on the state’s many highways. However, even when motorists and pedestrians take steps to protect themselves, accidents can still happen. In these cases, Texas truck accident victims should seek legal representation to ensure that they understand their rights and remedies.
One of the most common causes of Texas trucking accidents is brake failure. The NHTSA reports that almost thirty percent of trucking accidents occurred due to an issue with the truck’s brakes. When a large truck experiences a brake failure, the driver often loses control of their vehicle and may slam into other motorists, pedestrians, or buildings. In response to the prevalence and aftermath of large truck accidents, Texas has many measures in place to ensure that drivers take steps to limit the chance of brake failure.
Texas truck drivers should make sure that they inspect their vehicles before embarking on journeys. The inspection includes making sure the vehicle’s brakes are working and that all of the cargo is secured. Additionally, employers should make sure that their drivers have adequate training to inspect, maintain, and drive their vehicles. Further, drivers should have the skills to control their vehicle and mitigate damages if they experience brake failure. In many cases, there may be several parties responsible for a truck’s brake failure. Injury victims should understand the elements of a Texas trucking accident lawsuit so that they can recover damages for these serious accidents.
Illustrating this point, recently, a local San Antonio news source reported on a truck accident that was the result of brake failure. According to reports, a commercial delivery truck experienced brake failure and crashed into a motorcyclist. The biker was thrown from his motorcycle and was dragged several feet after being trapped underneath the large truck. In addition to the motorcyclist, about seven other cars were affected by the accident.
Have You Been Involved in a Texas Trucking Accident?
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries or died after being involved in a Texas trucking accident, contact the attorneys at Carabin Shaw. The attorneys at our office have over 25 years of experience fighting on behalf of Texas injury victims. Our office represents clients in a variety of injury cases, such as trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice claims, worksite accidents, and product liability lawsuits. We have successfully represented countless injury victims, obtaining much-needed and deserved compensation on their behalf. Compensation in these cases often includes payment for economic and non-economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. Contact our office at 800-862-1260 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our law firm.