In a recent report conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it was found that Texas has the most fatal truck accidents compared with any other state in the United States. Texas unfortunately claimed this title for having 484 fatalities from big truck accidents. This was far higher than the second placed state of California, with 293 fatalities.
Of course, Texas is a big state with over 3200 miles of interstate highways to its name. There are also a large number of trucks that pass through Texas. But, whatever the reason for this high number of fatalities, Texas has a significant problem with 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer crashes, according to Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer Greg Baumgartner.
The Damage Caused…
Because of the size of the lorries involved, the injury potential of a big lorry accident is significant. This is especially so when a lorry is involved in a crash with a car or SUV. Sometimes, a fully loaded lorry will weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, compared to a conventional passenger car which weighs 5000 pounds or less.
Because of their size, big trucks can take much longer to stop, both in terms of time and distance. It is often important to note that semi-trucks also have blind spots that are dangerous to passing vehicles.
Trucking Companies Need to Keep Their Side of the Bargain…
Trucking companies and commercial truck drivers are regulated and monitored by the state of Texas. They are also regulated by the Department of Transportation through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Truck drivers must take measures to maintain accurate and unique records regarding the condition of the trucks that they drive, and the drivers are also limited in the amount of time they can drive for on a single day. There are many other safety rules that both the trucking company and the driver must follow to comply with the law.
Of course, regulation and monitoring alone will not bring the number of fatalities down in the state of Texas. It is important that regular drivers of family cars and SUVs take measures to drive with care. As a driver, you must stay out of the blind spots of trucks as much as you can and try not to let trucks tailgate you. Make sure that you keep your car properly maintained to avoid break-downs, which could result in a collision with a lorry, and make sure that you anticipate that big rigs take longer to maneuver than your smaller car.