There were approximately 475,000 large truck accidents that occurred in the United States in 2016 and close to 25,000 of them happened on Texas roadways. Big rig accidents are not like passenger vehicle accidents they are generally much more severe due to the size and weight of the big rig. Large truck occupants are much less likely to sustain injuries than other people involved the accident. Passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and bicyclistsare at a huge disadvantage as they sustain most of the injuries in big rig accidents.
In an effort to keep Texas roads safe for everyone, trucking companies and big rig drivers are subject to both State of Texas and federal rules and regulations. The purpose of the rules and regulations is to be sure that truck drivers are properly trained and physically ready to operate their big rigs on the road next to other drivers, including those passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists that are extremely vulnerable next to them. Federal and state laws regulate activities such as how many hours a driver may operate his or her vehicle, how many consecutive days he or she may drive, safety training, and safe freight loading and carrying practices.
The significant size and weight of these vehicles (they can be 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles)make them extremely dangerous on the road. In addition to the obvious size factor compared to surrounding vehicles, there are other dangers specific to big rigs resulting from a combination of their size, design, and freight. See below for some of their characteristic dangers:
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries and damages in a big rig accident, contact a Dallas truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde for a consultation. We know the devastation that big rig accidents can cause and we will do everything in our power to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for your damages and injuries.
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