A Shocking Roadway Reality: Frequent Causes of Dallas Trucking Accidents
When a massive 80,000 pound monstrosity is bearing down on a passenger vehicle on a literal collision course, the end result is usually devastating for the people in the car or SUV. The catastrophic consequences of a Dallas trucking accident many times are life-altering if not life-ending. Understanding the stark and truly grim realities of semi and passenger vehicle wrecks, a consideration of the frequent causes of Dallas trucking accidents aids in putting the matter of these types of collisions into perspective.
The causes of Dallas semi-truck accidents include:
Distracted rig operator
Impaired semi driver
Reckless rig operation
Distracted Semi-Truck Driver
In considering the most common causes of semi accidents in and around Dallas, topping the list are distracted big-rig operators. The tragedy of these types of trucking accidents is that they are entirely preventable. A semi driver need not – indeed, should not – be doing the thing that distracted in the first instance. The most frequently occurring distractions that result in horrific roadway accidents include:
Talking on a mobile device
Adjusting entertainment system controls
Using a GPS (or reading a map)
Talking to a passenger
Impaired Commercial Truck Driver
Not only are distracted semi drivers an issue on Texas roadways, but impaired commercial truck drivers present a major problem as well. Alcohol is found to be a contributing (if not the primary) factor in a considerable percentage of Dallas trucking accidents each year. As an aside, drivers and trucking companies many times work together to coverup a rig operator’s prior history with drinking or otherwise imbibing while driving a commercial truck.
Fatigued Big-Rig Operator
Fatigued semi drivers are a pervasive, persistent problem in the trucking industry. Success and profits in the trucking industry is founded upon rig operators driving the greatest distance in the shortest amount of time possible.
The inherent nature of the over-the-road transport industry results in truckers driving more than the amount of time legally permitted. It can even result in providing misinformation on time records. And, many fatigued semi drivers cause serious and even deadly accidents every year on the streets in and around Dallas.
Semi-trucks are complicated pieces of machinery. As a consequence, they are subject to mechanical breakdowns of different types. This includes mechanical issues that occur while a rig is in operation, a situation that can spell disaster in the form of a catastrophic roadway accident.
As mentioned previously, financial success in the U.S. trucking industry is predicated upon goods moving as fast as possible (and sometimes faster than legally permissible) from one point to another. As a consequence, speeding is yet another of the more regularly occurring causes of a Texas trucking accident.
Reckless Semi Operation
On a related note, when rig operator issues are considered as common causes of semi accidents in Texas and across the United States, reckless driving is also on the list. Reckless driving comes in many forms, including failure to maintain proper distance between vehicles, driving at a speed in excess of what prevailing weather conditions permit, and so forth.
Protect Your Legal Rights – Consult a Dallas Trucking Accident Lawyer Today
Collisions involving big-rigs are among the most complicated types of vehicle accidents that occur in the United States, including in Texas, each year. Multiple factors may contribute to the cause of a semi collision. Moreover, a number of different parties ultimately may be at fault for a semi accident. As a consequence, if you’ve been injured in this type of collision, a Dallas trucking accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm provides the level of representation you need to best protect your vital legal rights.
You can schedule an initial consultation with a Dallas trucking accident lawyer from our firm by calling us any time of the day or night at (214) 307-0000. Our phone line is open seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, including major holidays. We can schedule an initial consultation at our offices, you home, the hospital, or any location that works for you. Our offices are conveniently located at:
The Doan Law Firm
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75219
There is never a charge for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm Dallas trucking accident attorney. Indeed, our firm never charges a fee unless we win your case for you.