It probably goes without saying that a motor vehicle accident can wreak havoc in the lives of the victims and their loved ones. In fact, the damages can be far worse if the victim was struck by a large truck. Usually, the sheer size of the truck is enough to inflict serious damage to the victim and their vehicle. It is due to this fact that claims related to truck accidents are often more complicated.
There may be no words to describe the shock and horror you felt when a tractor-trailer veered into your lane and collided with your vehicle. You may awaken at night, still hearing the sounds of the crash, seeing your world spinning around and feeling the pain of your injuries. Perhaps you watched a loved one die in the accident.
Commercial trucks seem to be around every corner in Texas, but for some residents, sharing the roadway with these massive pieces of machinery can prove anxiety-inducing and dangerous. While many drivers find it difficult to see or make their way around semi-trucks simply due to their size, some truckers are also taking unnecessary risks while at work that make them even more likely to cause crashes.
“You’ve got to be very defensive. You’ve got to look as much in your rear-view window as your front windshield,” says a partner at Permian Lodging, which builds and operates what are called “man camps” in the area. He says Route 285 in the Permian Basin might be the deadliest highway in the U.S.
Have you noticed that the days when people enjoyed taking long, leisurely rides along Texas roadways and others throughout the nation have faded away? Perhaps your life is simply too busy to have time for joy rides or, like many people, you may avoid such activities because Texas highways have become extremely dangerous places. Long ago, a typical American landscape included young couples or families riding along the road with convertible tops down, enjoying their Sunday drives.
Imagine you’re driving down the freeway at night in your compact sedan. You start to pass a semi-tractor trailer on the left. The truck driver doesn’t notice you, though. He moves into your lane, causing a collision.
In December, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation implemented a federal mandate requiring truckers to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their vehicles. The devices track and share truckers’ driving records. The data ELDs generate can also help inform fleet management.