With the oil and gas industries in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico booming, the number of 18-wheelers on the highways has also increased significantly. According to Hendler Lyons Flores, PLLC, Austin-based trial lawyers and wrongful death attorneys with extensive experience assisting victims of tractor-trailer accidents, the proliferation of these vehicles poses unique risks to other drivers, who may be gravely injured or killed through no fault of their own.
18-wheelers are large by necessity, but their size seriously limits their driver’s field of vision. Without knowing the location of other vehicles on the road, a truck driver’s simple decision could spell disaster for someone else. Even when the driver is aware of an impending hazard, the lack of maneuverability and slow breaking make avoiding an accident much more difficult, accidents which are much more likely to result in serious injury or death.
Factors within the trucking industry also contribute to the frequency of 18-wheeler crashes. Often, companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles, preferring instead to get them back on the road as quickly as possible. This prioritization of speed also commonly results in loads that are improperly secured or balanced, and drivers who are encouraged to drive faster and farther on one day than would be considered safe. In fact, driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of commercial truck crashes.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a truck or automobile accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Hendler Lyons Flores, PLLC online or by calling (512) 439-3202 to discuss your case.