Texas Big-Rig, 18-Wheeler Trucking Accidents
We have extensive experience handling big-rig trucking, 18-wheeler, semi, semi-trailer, tractor trailer accident cases in Houston and throughout the State of Texas.
A big rig truck typically weighs 80,000 lbs and ranges about 67-75 feet long. Now picture a middle class passenger vehicle colliding head on with this huge monster.
The tremendous difference in size and weight present a distinct element to accidents involving big-rig trucks. It will take a 40-ton 18-wheeler driving at 65 mph an additional 100 feet to stop than it would if it were traveling at 55 mph.
This explains why a typical big rig accident usually involves rear-end collisions. The "Right Hand Squeeze" refers to a jack-knifed trailer that, due to driver error, had either lost control in bad weather or experienced a loss of control, coupled with brake failure.
Who Dies in Big Truck Crashes?
Approximately 5,000 people die each year in crashes involving big trucks, and 84 % of them are not truck occupants. In 2006 only 16% of deaths involving big trucks were truck occupants, compared to 72% who were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles.
12 % were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Large trucks accounted for 3 percent of registered vehicles but were involved in 12 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths. By helping victims injured in vehicular accidents we continue to do our part to make Texas roads safer for all of us.
Issues addressing the procedures involved in the hiring and training of drivers are starting to surface. There are certain standards and requirement that must be met before just ANYONE is allowed to sit above us and take our lives into their hands.
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injury from a Big-Rig Accident in the state of Texas you should contact us today. We can help you get all the money you deserve for your injuries. And we take all the cash flow risk away for you as we work on a contingency-fee-basis.