Everyone knows that an accident with a big commercial truck usually causes a lot of injury and damage. Because of their great size and weight, these trucks are not able to stop quickly if a car or other vehicle should dart out in front of them. In a collision between a truck and a car, the driver and/or passengers of the car are nearly always the losers. They often suffer injuries that are severe and that take many months to heal or that can even be permanently disabling. Truck accidents can have a number of different causes that originate from different sources, which is why it’s essential to hire an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer if you’ve been hurt in a truck accident.
Most Common Causes
Since truck drivers often have delivery routes that are long and must make deadlines that are demanding and sometimes unrealistic, they are challenged to remain awake and focused. Driver fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents, as is distracted driving. Trucking companies are also sometimes negligent and may fail to comply with truck maintenance standards and regulations. New truck drivers may be poorly trained or simply too inexperienced to anticipate some of the safety issues that occur on the road. Even changes in weather conditions can be a cause of a terrible truck accident in which someone is severely injured or killed.
Preventing a Truck Accident
In order to prevent a truck accident, it makes sense for those driving a car to drive defensively. Drivers of cars need to leave plenty of space between themselves and a large truck and must be aware of the large blind spot along the passenger side of the truck. Drivers should always remember that large trucks cannot maneuver quickly and may require two lanes for turns. Truck drivers should always follow posted speed limits and should take breaks as needed so they can remain focused on the road. Trucking companies should always make sure that regular maintenance is performed on the trucks so that they operate smoothly and safely.
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Personal injury lawyers at Lassiter Law Firm have been helping the injured in Texas for more than twenty years. We are based in Houston, Texas and look forward to supporting clients throughout the Houston area including Houston Metroplex, DFW Metroplex, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Austin and San Antonio. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, we are here to help. Let us be your legal advocate in dealings with insurance companies and other involved parties. Visit our web page at legalteamhouston.com or call us at (713) 521 – 0104 regarding your free initial consultation today.