Trucking safety violations cause thousands of fatal truck wrecks and serious injury crashes each year resulting in devastating losses for many families. Many of these families are often not aware that their loss was caused by the failure of a trucking company to comply with safety regulations.
A recent study by the American Association of Justice has shown that over 9 million trucks travel U.S. roads each year and many of them are in serious violation of federal safety standards. These violations include such practices as overloading trucks, allowing unqualified or untrained drivers behind the wheel, failing to maintain tires and brakes, and salary systems that encourage truck drivers to exceed speed limits and maximum driving hours." Further, "though trucks make up less than 4% of all passenger vehicles on U.S. road they are involved in 12% of all motor vehicle fatalities", kill over 4000 people each year, and seriously injure another 80,000 people.
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Approximately 500 Texans are killed in fatal truck accidents each year and many more suffer serious injuries that significantly alter peoples' lives including needing extensive medical care and ending careers.
Most crashes in Texas result from speeding, failure to yield, driving under the influence of alcohol, following too closely and running red lights and stop signs. To learn the best ways to avoid a collision or what to do if you are in a crash, please read the information below.
If you are in a collision and no one is hurt, don't wait for the police before moving your vehicle. If you can drive the vehicle, the law requires you to move it out of the flow of traffic.
If there is damage to the vehicle, stop and exchange information. If someone is hurt, render aid and notify law enforcement. If you hit an unattended vehicle, find the driver or write your name and address on a note explaining what happened. You must also include the owner's name and address if the vehicle you are driving doesn't belong to you.
If a law enforcement officer is not investigating the crash, you must file a crash report with TxDOT within 10 days if:
If you don't file a report, you're subject to up to a $500 fine, plus court costs.
If you have suffered catastrophic injuries in a commercial vehicle of accident or have had a loved one killed in a commercial vehicle accident, it is important to make sure that a thorough investigation of the fatal accident or catastrophic injury accident is done; that all available insurance and potential sources of recovery are located; and that insurance adjusters, risk managers, and defense lawyers are not able to take advantage of the injured or grieving. It is also typically a good idea to obtain excellent legal representation from an experienced truck accident safety violation investigation lawyer to protect you or your loved one's rights and to make sure that an investigation as to the cause of the collision is done correctly and any potential recoveries are properly pursued.