Besides 18 wheeler accidents, truck accidents involving tractor trailers are amongst the most deadly type of vehicular accidents. Tractor trailers are commonly used to transport food, goods, and other materials around the state and across country. Many times tractor trailers are weighed down with heavy loads. If those loads are improperly secured, they can easily shift during transport. The weight, width, height, and speed of a tractor trailer can all play a role in causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, thus causing a serious accident.
Approximately 10 percent of all vehicle fatalities in Texas involve large tractor trailers or 18 wheelers. Surprisingly, many of these fatal accidents and around two-thirds of all large truck accidents occur on rural roads in good weather, as opposed to being on major highways or occurring during bad weather conditions. A majority of these accidents can be attributed to a fatigued driver, a distracted driver, or truck driver negligence.
There may be additional parties liable for the accident, however. The trucking company who neglected to perform routine safety and maintenance checks, or who disregarded driver logs and the laws regulating hours of service for truck drivers, or the manufacturing company who improperly loaded the truck, may be partially responsible for the accident and injuries. When you contact a Houston truck accident lawyer from our firm, we will review your case and thoroughly investigate to uncover all responsible parties, and include them in your claim or lawsuit.