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.
If you spend any time thinking about the Texas legal process, you have probably realized that the law is a profession. Attorneys must charge you for their services in most cases.
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.
According to federal data, 94 percent of motor vehicle crashes are the result of human error. That is the motivation behind creating fully autonomous vehicles that take drivers completely away from the controls. After the recent fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona, however, it's clear that we're not quite there yet.
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.
Most drivers here in Texas and elsewhere know not to be in the blind spot of a semitrailer, cut one off or attempt to pass one on the right in case the truck driver decides to make a turn. These are just some of the precautions that passenger car drivers take in order to avoid trucking accidents. However, all of these safe driving tips go out the window when a trucker fails to take the appropriate safety precautions.
One of the appeals of driving a sport utility vehicle (SUV) is the relative safety that comes with driving a larger vehicle. Essentially, if an SUV and a compact car are in an accident, chances are that the occupants in the SUV will not be harmed as badly compared to the passengers in the compact car. Since the SUV is larger, it is more likely that it will better equipped to absorb the impact of a crash.