It is not uncommon to see a jackknifed truck on Texas roads. Jackknifing can be dangerous for the trucker and other motorists on the freeway. Jackknifing is not inevitable. When truckers follow a few safety procedures, they may avoid jackknifing, even in dangerous situations.
Tractor-trailer, semi-truck, big rig or whatever other names these vehicles are known by -- it's hard to ignore them. Anyone who drives on the highways of Texas or anywhere throughout the country can't help but notice the literal fleet of large cargo trucks that are ever-present. While it would be difficult to make the claim that big rigs are inherently dangerous, their sheer size and mass create the very real possibility that any confrontation with a passenger car will result in significant damage and injuries. Reducing the number of truck accidents begins with an understanding of the primary causes.
If you are in business, then you know that the pressure to please your clients in San Antonio is ever-present. Thus, you may be willing to do whatever you can to meet (or even exceed) their expectations, even to the point of straining the resources available to you. Commercial freight carriers also experience this pressure. Their customer satisfaction is typically gauged by how quickly their drivers can complete their delivery routes. Due to the demand to make deliveries in a timely manner, carriers may enforce route times. Unfortunately, we here at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C. have seen the unintended consequences of such enforcement.
Advancing technology can make America's roads and highways much safer to travel. Technology like dash-cams can also be used to monitor behaviors and identify fault in the event a crash does occur. As a result, commercial truckers are encouraged to outfit their vehicles with dash-cams and ensure they're operating at all times. American Trucker explains a few of the many benefits of having an active dash-cam in a commercial vehicle.
Truckers in Texas usually log long hours on the road. While regulations are in place mandating how much rest truckers should get between hauls, many companies and even truckers themselves fail to follow safe practices. This leads to drowsy driving, which is a real concern among all motorists according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A recent crash involving an out-of-control semi-truck that killed four and injured others is a reminder of how dangerous large trucks can be. If you live in Texas, you may wonder who is liable for an accident of that magnitude. It may be the driver, the trucking company or both, considering the factors involved.
If you have ever taken an extended drive, then you know just how taxing spending hours behind the wheel can be. For this reason, you may be inclined to be compassionate towards the truck driver that caused your accident in San Antonio. Yet those feelings of empathy can quickly turn to anger if you discover that the driver was engaged in reckless activity. Perhaps no activity is more reckless than drinking and driving, and you might certainly think that a truck driver would know better than to endanger themselves and others in such a way. By extension, you might also wonder what responsible company would allow such a driver behind the wheel of a massive vehicle like a semi-truck.
Liability claims are all about assigning who is to blame. In the case of truck accidents in San Antonio, that may seem fairly obvious: the truck driver. Yet given that driving their semi-trucks and tractor-trailers is a function of truckers' employment, one then might ask if the companies that employ them might be responsible, as well. In some cases, this may be a moot point, as some truckers operate as independent contractors who contract with motor carriers. Yet in those cases where a driver is employed by a carrier, the question should be asked in the wake of a collision.
Hours of service refers to how long a trucker has been on the road, and regulations are in place to prevent tired and fatigued truckers from getting behind the wheel. Operating a large commercial vehicle is no easy feat, and when a trucker is pushed to his or her limit the chance of an accident increases greatly. The Federal Motor Carrier Association explains hours of service regulations, which are crucial to keep everyone on Texas highways safe.
With an increasing number of vehicles on the roadways, minor automobile accidents are common in Texas. However, when a tractor-trailer is in a crash, there are often multiple cars affected. At The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., we often represent clients injured in accidents as the result of big rig driver negligence.