New Braunfels Lawyer For Aggressive Driving Injury Victims
Representation For Injuries Caused By Unsafe Lane Changes, Signal Failures, Blind Spot Accidents And More
Many people are injured or killed in Texas car accidents caused by aggressive driving each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Even if it does not quite escalate to the point of what’s known as “road rage,” aggressive driving is risky and dangerous to everyone on the road.
Dangers Of Aggressive Semitruck Driving
Aggressive driving actions such as tailgating, speeding, forcing other vehicles off the road and not yielding to the right-of-way can sometimes result from fatigued truck drivers being pressured by trucking companies to cover long distances in the shortest time possible. Still, there’s no excuse for engaging in perilous driving behavior that puts everyone on the road in danger
Those who operate big rigs are not the only drivers who engage in hazardous and aggressive driving habits. However, due to the massive size difference between the average 18-wheeler and the typical passenger vehicle, when aggressive truck driving causes an accident, those involved are far more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries. These truck accident victims deserve to be compensated for their losses and should contact a New Braunfels attorney who has specific experience representing truck accident victims.
Unsafe Lane Changing
Due to their larger “blind spots,” commercial trucks must also take special care when changing lanes. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Some truck drivers recklessly weave in and out of traffic and change lanes without using their turn signal. When driving on a busy highway such as I-35 or I-10, these actions could have disastrous results.
Why Are Speeding And Aggressive Driving Common Among Truck Drivers?
We all want to maximize the amount of money we make at work, and truckers are no different. Most freight truckers are paid not by the hour but by the mile. Whenever trucks aren’t moving, drivers are not making money. Any time lost in loading and unloading freight needs to be made up on the road.
Unfortunately, this pay structure incentivizes speeding and aggressive driving, because drivers feel compelled to log as many miles as possible within each driving shift. It is hard for regulators and safety advocates to combat a problem that is created or made worse by the economic model that governs much of the trucking industry.
Are There Technological Ways To Limit Truck Speeds?
There are electronic devices commonly called “speed limiters” that can be installed in trucks to prevent drivers from going faster than a preset limit, often around 68 to 70 mph. This technology has been around for decades and is not very expensive.
Many trucking companies mandate that all of their own vehicles have speed limiters installed, but this is a voluntary measure. Creating a nationwide rule mandating the devices has been debated for over a decade. But like most proposed trucking regulations, it has been fiercely opposed by trucking industry lobby groups.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
When aggressive truck driving leads to a truck wreck, there are often serious injuries involved. If you have been hurt in an accident with a semitruck in Texas, it is important to obtain representation by a New Braunfels personal injury lawyer who has specific knowledge regarding truck accident claims. The Bettersworth Law Firm provides top-notch truck wreck representation in Comal County and Hays County, Texas. Contact The Bettersworth Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your Texas truck wreck case. Call us at 830-606-0404.