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18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer
Our 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer can handle a wide variety of commercial trucking accident cases. The following are some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents: an 18-wheeler truck driver may drive too many hours and not get appropriate rest, this is a result from drowsiness, and sometimes drugs that combat drowsiness can cause accidents too. Another common cause is due to an improperly secured or unsecured load causing the truck to be dangerously unbalanced, especially when combined with rapid lane changes and aggressive driving. Maintenance is critical, especially for an 18-wheeler carrying tons of cargo. Tires must be secured and monitored. Brakes and other crucial equipment must be in good repair. Side mirrors and other visibility tools must be in good repair and properly placed. Additionally, driver inattention or driver error at highway speeds or on city streets is one of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents. The driver may be checking an on-board computer, a GPS system or talking or texting on a cell phone.
Common Types of 18 Wheeler Collisions
- Straight Collision- is the most deadly type of truck accidents accounted for 3,189 deaths on the roadways. These accidents occur when the truck goes straight into the other vehicle.
- Head-On Collisions- was the second most common type of accident that occurred. There were 2,980 deaths from head on collisions were the truck and the vehicle collided into the front of another vehicle. This could be from sharing a narrow two lane road with these trucks and encroaching into the middle or opposite lane while trying to pass.
- Side-Swipe Accident- the second most common type of accident was were the truck or vehicle collision occurred on the side of the vehicle. Many of these are because of the vehicle coming into the truck. There were 1,808 fatal truck accidents that involved vehicles that were side swiped. This statistic remained about constant across all types of commercial trucks.
- Vehicles Turning into Truck- vehicles need to learn to give these large trucks space while on the roadway. Vehicles turning into or cutting off trucks accounted for 1,450 fatalities while driving. Vehicles will often try to get in front of a cement truck, dump truck, tow truck, semi-truck, or van because they are in a hurry and do not want to be traveling behind them because they believe they are slow. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by the vehicle not providing the truck with enough space.
- Rear-End Collisions- there were 1,329 fatal accidents on the roadway involving a rear-end collision with an 18-wheeler. It is very common for cars to actually rear-end the trucks to cause the fatal accidents. To be fair there were a fair amount of trucks that rear ended vehicles too. These are often tragic accidents that have deadly results. Please remember to give large trucks space while on the road. Cutting of these big rig trucks can have deadly results.
- Trucks Turning Accidents- this type of accident accounted for 822 fatalities. Truck turning accidents occur when the truck is turning and collides with the car or SUV trying to make the turn. Many large trucks turn very slowly and need space to maneuver in narrow areas. Many truck drivers have blind spots in what they can see while driving so it is best to give plenty of room while sharing the road.
Lawyer For 18 Wheeler Accidents
If you or someone you love was injured in an 18-wheeler accident in the Houston and Galveston area, you can count on the Pascoe Law firm in the League City, Texas area. Attorney John D. Pascoe understands the complex causes that can make truck accident injuries so devastating. He will do everything possible to help you recover after a collision with an 18-wheeler or other large truck. We services the Galveston,Texas City, Angleton, Baytown, Beaumont, and La Porte, League City, TX areas. Call our Truck Accident Lawyer at 713-829-4317.
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