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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.

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New Braunfels truck wreck attorneyEarly last month, a truck collided with a bridge in Sealy, Texas, causing debris to fall on another car, killing a 12-year-old girl and injuring her mother. Authorities believe the arm of the waste carrying truck that would lift trash dumpsters was raised. This was what hit the bridge, tearing off part of the concrete, which landed on the front of the car.

"The force that the beam was hit was catastrophic," Sealy Police Chief Chris Noble stated, according to KTRK Houston. "Walking around on the upper level of bridge, the asphalt and next section of beam has been also moved and that bridge is what I call rotten from the inside out now."

The police are investigating the trucking accident as a homicide. The bridge has been closed and all traffic for the U.S. 90 overpass and Texas 36 have been rerouted.

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New Braunfels personal injury attorneyEvery state in the country maintains specific regulations regarding truck drivers. Indeed, each state is responsible for overseeing compliance with the federal rules regulating this industry - issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) - including both trucking companies and truck drivers alike. The FMCSA oversees several aspects of commercial truck and truck driving safety, including driver qualifications, safety records, and hazardous material warnings for large vehicles requiring specialized licenses for operations, among others. These rules are complex, but their goal is to ensure the safe operation of trucks to avoid fatal and catastrophic accidents.

FMCSA Regulations

The FMCSA’s regulations for commercial trucks covers all types of these large vehicles, including tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles. The FMCSA’s regulations address topics such as:

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New Braunfels truck accident lawyerAlthough, statistically, commercial truck drivers are more careful than average drivers of passenger vehicles, a truck accident is generally more serious than one that does not involve these large, heavy vehicles. Indeed, the requirements for a commercial driver to get behind the wheel are more stringent than for a regular driver’s license. The commercial driver’s license (CDL) test itself is more complex, a driver must pass a physical exam with specific requirements, a driver must be at least 21 years old, and the person must speak and understand conversational English. Notwithstanding, the cargo being carried by a semi-truck involved in the wreck (which can include flammable or hazardous materials) enhances the danger.

When large tractor-trailers weighing 10,000 lbs. or greater crashes into a pedestrian or another vehicle, a trucking accident has occurred. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur annually. About one percent, or 5,000, of these semi-truck wrecks are fatal; one out of eight traffic deaths was the result of a truck accident.

Common Offenses Involving Regulations

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New Braunfels truck wreck lawyerA recent report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 328,000 police-reported crashes each year - resulting in 109,000 injuries and 6,400 fatalities - involve a fatigued driver. In addition, a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute studied the behavior of drivers just prior to a crash. Creating little or limited interference with the subjects, the researchers found several signs of fatigue to include facial changes, eyelid closing, and heads bobbing.

Fatigued Truck Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) notes that nearly 4,000 people die each year in large truck crashes annually, and the leading cause of these accidents is driver fatigue. To be sure, professional truck drivers are required to submit to strenuous testing. Accordingly, these professional drivers are often very skilled. That being said, no level of driver skill can overcome fatigue and exhaustion when someone is behind the wheel. In fact, to combat driver fatigue, the law requires professional truck drivers and other commercial vehicle drivers to stay within certain hours of service limits, imposed by the federal government.

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