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Truck Negligence and Accident Claims
The U.S. Department of Transportation and Texas DOT have stringent laws regarding truck negligence. Truck negligence is the major contributing factor in fatalities in truck and automobile accidents nationwide. The number of crashes involving light trucks and passenger cars is increasing. Transportation law, for example, limits professional driving hours. More here @ https://www.accident-lawyers-dallas.com/18-wheeler-accident-lawyer/
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sponsored a study that concluded approximately twice as many car drivers would die in collisions with light trucks than in similar collisions involving cars of the same weight as the light truck. For the same reasons, occupants of passenger cars and light trucks have much higher fatality rates than occupants of large trucks and buses.
Examples of truck negligence generally fall into two categories: driver error and vehicle maintenance failure. The most common cause of driver error is fatigue, which can cause clouded judgment, drowsiness, and falling asleep at the wheel. Driver error can also be due to inexperience, improper driver training, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether prescription or illegal). Deregulation of the trucking industry has resulted in an increase in speed-limit violations among tractor-trailer drivers.
The negligence of improper truck maintenance is most frequently tire or brake related. Almost half of dispatched emergency roadside assistance calls are tire-related. Sadly, road failures are sometimes a dollar and cents gamble with your life by trucking companies. It can cost more than $100 per hour to have a truck out of service — not counting losses related to equipment utilization, the cost of the service call, and the subsequent customer dissatisfaction.
Not all freeway ramps or traffic patterns are engineered for trucking safety. Not all road and weather conditions are optimal for driving safely. Not all cargo is benign — hazardous materials (HAZMAT) increase the driving stress in industrial and professional truck shipping. Professional drivers, commonly known as “truckers”, must be constantly aware of road conditions as well as the load that they carry. Truck negligence leads to accidents causing injury, pain, property damage, and — too frequently — death.