How Can Negligence Cause an 18-Wheeler Collision?

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Commercial vehicles have large blind spots that can block the visibility of one to two lanes on either side. And if fully loaded and driving at 65 miles per hour, it takes them the length of approximately two football fields to come to a complete stop. For these reasons, and many more, truck drivers must not be negligent when behind the wheel. Read on to discover how negligence can cause an 18-wheeler collision and how a seasoned Houston, Texas truck accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you through this event.

How can negligence lead to an 18-wheeler collision?

Unfortunately, the negligence of truck drivers is the most common reason why 18-wheeler collisions occur on Texas roads. Examples of such negligence include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A truck driver fails to check large blind spots before merging or changing lanes.
  • A truck driver fails to brake on time to yield at a right of way.
  • A truck driver fails to brake on time to make a sharp turn.
  • A truck driver fails to follow traffic signs and signals because they are reckless, intoxicated, or distracted.
  • A truck driver has unauthorized passengers in the truck.
  • A truck driver has unauthorized cargo in the truck.

Though, a truck driver may not be entirely to blame for a collision. Sometimes, it is the fault of a trucking company. Examples of trucking company negligence include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A truck driver speeds or tailgates to meet the trucking company’s unrealistic deadlines.
  • A truck driver becomes drowsy or fatigued because the trucking company scheduled them for more than the state law’s 15 hours per day maximum or 70 hours per week maximum.
  • A trucking company does not properly train a driver before sending them to the road.
  • A truck company does not properly fix defects on a truck before sending it off to the road.
  • A truck company does not properly inspect a truck before sending it off to the road.
  • A truck company does not properly place warning devices on a truck before sending it off to the road.

What should I do in the event of a truck collision?

If you were involved in a truck collision, you must first assign fault. Meaning, you must determine whether a truck driver, trucking company, or another third party acted negligently and caused your incident to occur. Then, you may move forward with filing a personal injury claim against them.

In your claim, you must collect enough evidence that proves that your injuries and damages are a direct result of another party’s negligence. For help with doing so, you must retain the legal services of a competent Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer. Call us today.

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