It's common knowledge that Houston's metropolitan area is sprawling, and its network of highways is vast. The chances of an accident here are high and, in fact, there are multiple accidents every day.
What's more, many of these accidents involve semi-trucks coming from all over the country and causing injuries that are often catastrophic. If you're the unwitting victim of a trucking accident in Southeastern Texas, read on for clearer insight as to whether you have a case.
Do You Have a Trucking Accident Case?
The determining factor in personal injuries, regardless of whether they occur on the road, is negligence. If it can be proven that someone failed to operate under standard expectations of safety (maybe they failed to follow basic traffic laws), then their negligence — or the negligence of companies that own and oversee 18-wheelers, for instance — may very well result in serious injury on the road. The following are common signs of negligence on the road:
- Driver fatigue. After long hours traveling cross-country, many drivers simply can't stay awake. Often, companies require their truck drivers to take an 8-hour break, but this isn't always the case, and sometimes drivers do not faithfully adhere to these rules.
- Intoxicated Driving. When the presence of alcohol or drugs impairs a driver's ability to properly operate heavy machinery, it goes without saying that this is a grave liability.
- Distracted Driving. Cell phones have become as good as a physical appendage for many people in the past decade. When they impair a person's ability to drive — even for navigation purposes — the repercussions can be severe.
- Drivers with inadequate training. Navigating the tight corners of a crowded city like Houston can be treacherous; this is why proper training for drivers is essential.