Truck Accidents

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.

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Semi-Truck Regulations in Texas

It's helpful to know a few of the basic regulations that all semi-truck drivers must follow in our great state of Texas:

  • Age. Truck drivers in Texas must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Language. Semi-Truck drivers in Texas must also be able to speak and write in the English language, since they must understand traffic signs and make records and reports in English.
  • Operation of Texas Motor Carrier. In other words, it's the employer's responsibility that drivers receive adequate training and preparation, which includes passing the necessary medical examinations and taking weather conditions on the road under consideration.
  • Valid Texas License. Not only must drivers possess a Commercial Driver's License (C.D.L.), but they also need to have successfully completed a Texas road test.
  • Truck Driver Logs. It's also a requirement that drivers keep clear logs of their activity in English; these are meant to ensure they take the breaks they need when traveling long distances.

If you have a case on your hands, call me to schedule a free consultation and remember that you don't pay unless I win for you. Your well-being is of utmost importance, however, so we'll take this one step at a time.

Compassionate Representation for Truck Accident Victims in Houston

If you’re the victim of a truck accident here in Southwest Texas, rest assured that The Law Offices of David P. Petersen P.C. wants to help you hold the drivers and companies in question responsible for their negligence. In doing so, know that you’ll be doing your part keeping others safe on the road while claiming the justice you deserve. Reach out to me now to schedule your free consultation.