Trucker fatigue is a potential cause of many semitruck crashes. These drivers travel many miles in the course of a day, but the length of their shifts aren't indefinite. The federal government has set strict standards for how many hours truckers can drive. The hours of service (HOS) regulations also cover how many hours into a shift that involves non-driving hours they're allowed to be behind the wheel of a big rig.
A semitruck crash is a life-changing event for the victims. Oftentimes, these wrecks lead to very serious injuries that require long-term treatments. It's imperative for anyone who is going through this type of situation to determine what legal action they may want to take. In some cases, the victim might choose to seek compensation for the financial damages.
A person who is struck by a semitruck might suffer catastrophic injuries, including those that cause brain or spinal cord damage. These cases can often lead to considerable expenses for the victim, but there isn't any reason why the victim should be left holding the financial responsibility for these matters. Instead, they might choose to seek compensation for the damages they face.
On Feb. 4, federal lawmakers heard opposing testimony on the merits of a bipartisan bill that would let commercial drivers under the age of 21 operate trucks on interstate routes going through Texas and across the U.S. Currently, commercial drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 are restricted from crossing state lines.
Large-truck crashes claim the lives of thousands of people every year, and the number of these fatal crashes has risen a startling 52.6% between 2009 and 2018 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Residents of Texas may be wondering about the reasons behind this increase. This is precisely what the FMCSA will be investigating in a new study.
Back in 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the results of its Large Truck Crash Causation Study, a definitive analysis of what causes large truck crashes in Texas and across the U.S. The study focused on 963 truck crash cases from a pool of some 120,000 fatal incidents involving 141,000 trucks.
Accidents that take place because of jackknifing can be devastating. The size difference between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles often means that those in the passenger vehicles may be seriously injured or even die. Thankfully, jackknifing is not inevitable. There are steps Texas drivers can take to prevent jackknifing, both in 18 wheelers and trucks that are carrying boats and other loads.
In Texas and across the United States, commercial vehicle accidents often cause traumatic brain injuries, various personal injuries and unexpected medical expenses. A truck weighing 75,000 to 80,000 pounds can easily crash into a passenger vehicle, and the driver and passengers could incur serious catastrophic injuries or die. Consequently, truckers need to drive responsibly to prevent accidents from taking place.
Accidents involving semi-tractor trailers claimed more than 4,000 lives around the country in 2017, and many of them occurred in Texas. The vast majority of the road users killed were either passenger vehicle occupants or pedestrians. Truck accident deaths have risen by 28% since 2009, but the rising death toll has not been enough to prompt federal regulators to implement rules that road safety experts say would save hundreds of lives each year.
When Texas truck drivers hit the road, they may sometimes focus on reaching their destination instead of getting a good night's sleep. However, drowsy driving can be dangerous. If truckers want to stay safe on the road, it is important for them to get enough rest.