Learning From Semi Truck Crashes in Texas, and Nationwide, May Save Lives
Highlights from the FMCSA and NHTSA Large Truck Causation Study
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration worked together to gather 18-wheeler crash data from across the nation. With this information they were able to see just when, how and why semi trucks crash; what types of damage are associated with these crashes. Key points from the national, 33 month study include:
· There were at least 120,000 fatal and injury crashes.
· 141,000 trucks were involved in these crashes.
· Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are the top causes of vehicle crashes.
· The major events that caused the crashes include: running out of the travel lane (crossing lane dividers), vehicle loss of control due to traveling too fast for conditions, a shifting load, mechanical error and poor road conditions.
· Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle was listed as a top cause of crashes.
What This Means for Texas Motorists
Like any state, Texas has its fair share of trucking crashes. However, given our proximity to Mexico, our state is a major trade route for loaded semi-trucks. As large truck crash lawyers, we have seen our share of crashes caused by 18-wheelers. We hope that government agencies and nonprofits alike continue to study the causes, effects and prevention of these serious crashes.
If you have been injured or you have lost a loved one during a crash with a semi, you need help and you need it fast. The trucking company will have their lawyers lined up; ready to discredit you and your injuries, to offer you the lowest settlement possible. We can help. Contact an experienced Dallas, TX personal injury attorney at the Hart Law Firm for your free consultation.