18 Wheeler Truck Accidents


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In a recent year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published the following statistics regarding semi-truck and commercial vehicle accidents:

 

*There were 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicles involved in accidents.

*Over 100,000 people sustaining serious injuries from these accidents alone.

*Over 5000 people were killed in these accidents – a figure that is up from 3200 deaths only the year before.

 

Now, the transport of goods in the United States via semi-trucks is expected to increase by no less than twenty percent in the five years so it would not be illogical to expect that the number of semi-truck accidents and resultant injuries and deaths are likely to increase as well.

To,, as we have noted on multiple occasions, there are a handful of common causes of semi-truck accidents that include inattentive or distracted driving, improperly secured loads, excessive speeding, illegal parking by a truck , drunk or drugged driving and cell phone use or texting while driving.

 

What can be done to reduce the number of semi-truck (and commercial vehicle) accidents in light of this information?

 

Perhaps the most valuable way to stem this death toll is to appeal to (put pressure on) local, state and federal agencies to require both increased safety regulations in all aspects of commercial driving and greater oversight of the industry as well. This requires direct intervention by the U.S. Department of Transportation and its sub-agencies.

 

The only other way to keep the limelight on the devastation wrought by semi-truck accidents is to continue to litigate wrongful death and injury cases – and hold the drivers and their companies financially accountable – hardly an acceptable alternative – but necessary nonetheless.

 

In selecting an Austin truck accident attorney you should look to a law firm that has built a reputation by handling 18 wheeler accident cases in Texas. Truck accident litigation is a niche market and there can be a huge difference in experience of actually handling high-profile truck accident cases from firm to firm.

 

If you or loved one have been seriously injured in a truck accident in Austin or elsewhere in the state of Texas contact the  Austin truck accident injury lawyers at the Baumgartner law firm.

 

 

 

 

 

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