When 18-wheeler trucks and passenger vehicles collide the results are seldom minor and in most cases cause devastating personal injuries and/or wrongful deaths. If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury or a tragic loss as a result of an accident or collision with a semi tractor trailer, you and your family may be entitled to damages. These damages can include the cost of medical expenses, burial costs, mental anguish, pain and suffering, lost wages, bodily impairment, future damages, future cost and property damage to your vehicle or personal property. In some cases punitive damages are available.
Truck Accidents Overview
Highway Safety is an issue of highest concern to most Texans. Semi truck and eighteen wheeler accidents present unique issues not necessarily associated with a typical motor vehicle accident. These differences include:
With the explosion of trucks on Texas Highways, accidents between vehicles and semi-trailer trucks are on the rise. Truck accidents often occur when trucks are traveling in an unsafe manner or are loaded in an unsafe manner, causing catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was formed in the early 1980’s in an effort to curb the unacceptable number of fatal truck accidents occurring on highways in Texas and across the Nation.
Laws were enacted to prohibit truck drivers from having more than one license. By 1992, truck drivers were required to meet minimum national standards in order to operate a tractor trailer. Once a driver met these standards, he can be issued a Commercial Driver’s License ( CDL).
Today, to help reduce fatal Texas semi truck accidents, each truck driver is required to be licensed in his or her State of principal residence. Additionally driving record must be kept in a centralized computer for access by each state.
The new laws also required each state to adopt uniform testing standards for commercial drivers prior to being licensed. A CDL is required to operate the following vehicles:
However, the following vehicle operators are NOT required to obtain a CDL:
For certain vehicles, special endorsements are required. There are five possible CDL endorsements and one restriction, which requires testing.
Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA), considered the driving force behind the regulation of the trucking industry to reduce truck accidents, covers issues such as driver qualifications, emergency equipment, safe loading, alcohol and drug usage and a number of other factors. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include:
Injured in a Semi Truck Accidents / 18 Wheeler Accidents?
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*Information obtained from: carabinshaw.com