For many motorists across Texas, sharing the road with semi-truck drivers can prove challenging, with the sheer mass of commercial trucks making them difficult to see or maneuver around even under the best of circumstances. However, when the people sitting behind the wheel of these vehicles are also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the repercussions are too often catastrophic.
When a large truck has an accident with a passenger vehicle, it is almost always the passenger vehicle that sustains the most damage. Occupants of the passenger vehicle also usually suffer more sufficient injuries. This is because of the great difference in the sizes of the vehicles. However, we need large trucks to distribute goods. Because trucks and passenger vehicles have to co-exist, the state of Texas has enacted laws to help keep everyone safer on the roads. One of those laws, according to FleetOwner, is the left-lane restrictions.
When most people think about car accidents, a scenario involving both vehicles moving at high speeds might come to mind. Less often considered, but no less dangerous, are car or truck collisions that involve one vehicle that is standing still. Texas residents might not be fully aware of the dangers when a vehicle has broken down and is stalled in the middle of the highway or at the side of the road.
Over the decades, the life of a trucker has been romanticized in popular culture. Truck drivers get to explore the countryside while being paid for it. However, as many people in Texas are aware, the life of a truck driver is not always so carefree. You probably encounter large trucks every day you are on the road, and you know that often, semi-trucks can be dangerous. The trucker lifestyle may contribute in part to this danger.
Some people dismiss intuition, saying it means little, but when you are driving next to a big rig that keeps edging closer to your car, thoughts of impending disaster might surface.
Larger trucks that the public can rent short-term for personal or commercial use can be convenient. These rentals are often box trucks such as U-Hauls, giving consumers in Texas and elsewhere a cost-effective alternative to hiring a moving company or paying someone to haul garbage to the landfill. While the box truck rental industry provides a valuable service, it may also be dangerous to the customers who are driving them or for those sharing the roads.
At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, PC, in Texas, we know how unnerving it can be to share the road, highway or freeway with 18-wheelers. They are so much larger and heavier than your passenger vehicle that you know you and your passengers are at great risk of serious injury or death should you crash into one that jackknifes right in front of you.
Getting involved in a truck accident is probably one of the most terrifying things you can imagine. As you know, in a duel between a big rig and your vehicle, your car will likely end up the loser. Unfortunately, there are many truck accidents in Texas and elsewhere that result in serious injuries or worse. Truck rollovers are one of the accident risks you face when you share the highways with large commercial 18-wheelers.
As a Texan who spends a good part of your day on the road going to and from work, appointments, errands and taking your kids to and from their numerous activities, you know about distracted drivers. You see them all around you doing other things while driving their passenger vehicles or 18-wheelers.
When a Texas passenger vehicle crashes into the back or side of a huge 18-wheeler, the results can be catastrophic for its occupants. As reported by Forbes, because the bottom of the truck’s trailer is so high off the ground, the much smaller passenger vehicle often continues its forward motion after the initial impact, sliding underneath the trailer.