Uncovering The Causes Of 18-Wheeler Accidents
One of the keys to handling 18-wheeler accident claims is determining the cause of the accident. At the Tylka Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling truck accident injury claims for clients in Houston, Galveston, League City and throughout southeastern Texas.
Our attorneys work with private investigators, accident reconstructionists and other experts who help us determine causation and liability in big rig truck wrecks. Our investigations often uncover negligence and wrongdoing on the part of truck drivers, trucking companies and other parties.
Why Do Truck Accidents Occur?
Truck drivers and trucking companies are under pressure to deliver goods on time no matter what. Unfortunately, that often means that safety can suffer as a result. The following are some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents:
- Driver inattention or driver errors — at highway speeds or on city streets — is one of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents. The driver may be checking an onboard computer, a GPS system or talking or texting on a cellphone. A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that a truck driver was 23 times more likely to cause an accident while texting than while paying attention to the road.
- An 18-wheeler truck driver may drive too many hours and not get appropriate rest. Drowsiness — and sometimes drugs that combat drowsiness — can cause accidents.
- An improperly secured or unsecured load can cause 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.
By determining the cause of truck accidents, we can begin building a successful personal injury case for you. We are committed to helping clients who have suffered serious injuries in 18-wheeler truck accidents and those who have lost loved ones in fatal truck accidents.
Contact Us About Your 18-Wheeler Accident Injury
Have you or someone close to you been injured in a truck accident in Texas? To consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer, reach out to us today by telephone at 281-557-1500in League City/Clear Lake or at 713-829-6048 in Galveston/Texas City. You can also contact us by email.
If your situation is urgent, Lawrence Tylka’s emergency line is open 24/7 : 713-829-6048. We offer free initial consultations for all truck accident injury cases.