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New Braunfels truck accident attorneyDrunk driving is a serious problem in Texas. Not only does Texas have the largest number of fatal accidents involving alcohol intoxication, but alcohol also accounts for an outsized percentage of fatal accidents in Texas compared to most other states. All drunk drivers can be a severe danger to themselves and others on the road, but intoxicated truck drivers are capable of causing especially dangerous accidents and severe injuries.

Deterrents Against Truck Driver Intoxication

Commercial truck drivers are subject to strict laws and regulations regarding alcohol and drug use, both at a federal level and within the state of Texas. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires trucking companies to administer drug and alcohol tests for their drivers under a variety of circumstances, including before hiring, after an accident, and when there is reasonable suspicion of intoxication.

Additionally, under Texas state law, the driver of a commercial truck can be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and lose their commercial driver’s license for at least a year if they are found to have a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.04 or any amount of controlled substance in their body while operating a commercial vehicle. However, despite these deterrents, intoxicated drivers are still the source of many truck accidents in Texas.


TX accident lawyerRecently, a fiery 18-wheeler crash blocked all the lanes of Ben White Boulevard at South First Street, snarling traffic for the morning commute. While no injuries were reported, the truck sustained significant damage after a fuel line was compromised. The fact that no injuries were reported in this type of wreck is remarkable, as crashes involving 18-wheelers are notoriously dangerous. If you are injured in a wreck involving a large truck or semi, you will often have serious injuries and medical bills, and bringing suit against the driver may be a way to seek compensation.

Truck Accidents Are Deadly

The most recent available data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show approximately 4,500 fatal accidents involving large trucks in that year, with the average fatality count being 1.12 per accident. However, 83 percent of the deaths in 18-wheeler accidents were not large truck occupants - in other words, automobile drivers and pedestrians were the ones most likely to be injured or killed if involved in a crash with a large truck. This is not unexpected; the sheer size and velocity of an 18-wheeler, especially if the trailer is full, far outstrips that of most passenger vehicles.

In Texas, the number of fatalities from large truck-related accidents has steadily been climbing in recent years, to a high of 649 in 2017. While some of this has been due to driver error, such as speeding, driving while distracted or sleepy, and substance abuse, another reason postulated for the rise is the opening of SH-130, with its higher speed limit, which has led to an uptick in traffic-related fatalities in the state in general. 18-wheelers, with their combination of heft and speed, will almost always be dangerous to other vehicles or people on the road if their drivers lose control.


Texas injury lawyerAccidents involving trucks can be even more dangerous and cause more injury than those with standard automobiles, due to their size and heft. Because they can be such dangerous instruments, they must also be maintained well. However, among the many possible causes of trucking accidents, improper truck maintenance is a major factor in many. It can be difficult to prove, though, so any information you are able to obtain may be of help.

Federal Violations Are Common

In the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) propagates a set of rules and regulations that both trucking companies and their drivers are intended to abide by. These include routine equipment tests for everything from tires to brakes, with potential fines for missed tests and other violations. However, studies in the most recent handful of years have shown that these guidelines, as well as the rules about driver fatigue and limits on hours, are routinely violated, usually in the name of trying to save money (or make more, depending on the situation).


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Texas injury lawyerTruckers have a difficult job, made harder by the demands placed on them by their employers. Despite this, truckers sometimes take chances that can increase the rate of accidents, especially on busy roads like I-35. If you are in an accident with a truck, it is generally a good idea to ascertain whether fatigue played a role in the crash.

Statistics Show Rising Instances

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began to measure statistics related to driver fatigue in 2015, after modification to truckers’ hours-of-service regulations. The statistics after the initial study are somewhat concerning, showing a significant link between fatigue and an increase in accidents. For example, as many as 13 percent of all truck-related accidents were partially or totally caused by driver fatigue in the most recent reported data. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics suggest as many as 30 percent of accidents may have a fatigue component.


New Braunfels personal injury attorneyTrucks and other commercial vehicles are involved in thousands of crashes around Texas every year. In 2015, there were 34,230 crashes involving a commercial vehicle in Texas, which left 601 people dead and 1,522 individuals with incapacitating injuries. When someone is in an accident with a commercial vehicle like a semi-truck, the victim needs an attorney who will quickly and thoroughly investigate the situation to determine who is at fault. For a commercial vehicle, the party ultimately responsible for the harm the crash caused could be the driver, his or her employer, the manufacturer of the vehicle, or even the business who designed the vehicle or a defective part. If you were injured in a collision with a truck, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney immediately for help.

Accidents by County Last Year

Some regions are safer than others when it comes to commercial vehicle accidents. This could be because some counties have major highways running through them and others see less commercial traffic.


The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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