Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation and its affiliated agencies shows that truckers, on average, have viewer accidents per 100 million miles driven by any type of motorist. Even still, the number of deaths that result from these truck-involved crashes is significantly higher than the fatalities that result from any other type of motor vehicle accident.
If you've ever happened to see underride collision involving a passenger car and a semi-truck, then it's unlikely that you'd forget it. They're one of the scariest types of crashes that you can see out on the road. According to Crash Forensics, at least 25% of fatal truck-involved collisions result from under riding types of incidents. Crashes of this sort can be avoided.
On June 6, the Texas Transportation Commission (TCC) announced their plans for reducing fatal roadway crashes across the state to zero by 2050. They noted that their initial goal is to reduce these deadly crashes by at least half what they currently are by 2035.
Although it goes against U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to do so, many Texas truckers take their chances and drive with unsecured loads all the time. This doesn't only pose an enormous danger to themselves but also anyone that they share the road with here in Houston.
It doesn't matter where you live, whether it's Katy, Missouri City, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Baytown, Pearland or Pasadena, traffic is heavy in virtually every part of Houston. Truckers pass through the city as they head to or from the port of Galveston hauling goods. While tractor-trailers play an integral role in the city's economy, they present a safety hazard to many of the city's residents and visitors.
An uptick in fatal truck crash rates in recent years may attributable to tractor-trailer operators rushing to take a rest break so that they don't violate Department of Transportation regulations. The federal hours-of-service rule requires truckers to take a 30-minute break after driving eight hours and restricts them from driving in excess of 11 hours per each 14-hour period.
Tractor-trailers are critical to getting products to the market in the United States. While any time you see a big rig crash, it seems catastrophic, the industry as a whole has gotten a lot safer in the past years than it was a little more than a decade ago.
Truck drivers often have to work non-standard hours, getting up early, staying up late or even driving all night long. They do have to follow regulations about sleep and breaks, though, which may mean they wind up having to sleep during the day to catch up on their rest.
If you were asked to say where you believe that the majority of truck crashes occur, you'd probably say on an interstate. The truth is that nearly two-thirds of truck accidents happen in parking lots though.
Truck drivers and trucking companies are often to blame for a serious commercial truck accident, but not always. Frequently, a negligent or unlawful passenger vehicle driver -- or some other factor is to blame for an 18-wheeler crash and the truck driver and trucking company are not at fault. But what about jackknifing accidents in which the trailer behind a semitruck begins to wobble out of control until it results in a serious collision: Is the driver or transportation company at fault for these kinds of collisions?