18-wheeler accidents cause a high number of personal injury and wrongful death claims each year. With increasing demands for goods and services to be moved by 18-wheelers, the number of 18-wheeler accidents is on the rise. In South Texas, our regional transportation hub is becoming one of the busiest 18-wheeler trucking regions in the country, causing the devastating statistics of tractor-trailer accidents to worsen.
There are several possible causes of 18-wheeler accidents:
Truck driver fatigue or exhaustion
Truck driver error
Hours of service violations
Excessive speed and failure to follow rules of the road
Failure to properly accommodate blind spots
Brake failure or other mechanical failure
Debris or articles in the road
Tire failure or separation
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Unsecured cargo or freight shifting in the payload section
Unsafe driving practices
Inadequate safety inspections
The leading cause of 18-wheeler accidents involving a passenger vehicle is truck driver fatigue. In addition to the causes listed above, defects in the 18-wheeler truck itself may contribute to accidents: items including tires, wheels, brakes, engine/transmission, steering wheel, lights and trailer.
18-wheeler accident cases are extremely complicated and aggressively defended due to the high costs at stake. If you are involved in an 18-wheeler accident, it is vital you contact an experienced Texas attorney to fully investigate the possible causes and fight for your full and fair compensation.
Located in League City, we serve clients throughout Texas including Galveston, League City and the Greater Houston area.
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