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.
When you drive a truck in Texas, it may sometimes be difficult to resist picking up your cellphone when you think a family member or a supervisor is trying to get in touch with you. However, distracted driving can be dangerous for you and for the other people on the road. To protect yourself, it is important to know how you can avoid distractions behind the wheel.
Residents of a nearby county reported seeing a plume of smoke from an explosion that resulted from a crash involving three semi-trucks near the community of Hico, Texas, last Wednesday morning. First responders required the assistance of state authorities and agencies of another county to deal with the heat from the fire that resulted from the explosion. Two of the truck drivers died at the scene, and damage to the road required authorities to shut down that stretch of Highway 281 for the rest of the day.
Most anyone who lives in Bexar County has had the experience of being in a regular passenger vehicle and feeling immediately dwarfed and vulnerable when a tractor-trailer pulls up on the side of the vehicle they are in. The size of these big rigs is impressive yet it also highlights the risk that people in other vehicles are exposed to. Any accident in which a commercial truck entangles with a car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle puts the passengers in the smaller vehicles at a serious disadvantage.
Have you ever noticed that extra bumper hanging off of the trailer of large trucks driving the Texas roads and freeways? That bumper is actually an underride guard and it is there to protect you in case of an accident.