Corpus Christi and the South Texas highways are filled with commercial trucks moving goods in and out of the area. We may be used to sharing the roads and highways with these vehicles but unfortunately, deadly accidents involving large trucks occur all too frequently. The Texas Department of Transportation reported 464 fatal truck accidents in Texas in 2013, with 355 in rural areas, and 109 occurring in urban areas.
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration regulates truckers nationwide, and every year collects statistics about commercial motor vehicles. In the most recent reported year, the agency reports that there were 3,341 fatal accidents involving large trucks, with 60,000 injury accidents. Of these accidents, 3,757 people died, and 88,000 were injured.
The agency engaged in a “causation study” to evaluate the cause of truck accidents nationwide, which revealed that 1 percent of drivers were found to be alcohol intoxicated, 2 percent were found to be intoxicated by illegal drugs, 17 percent had taken over-the-counter drugs, and 26 percent of the truck accidents involved drivers on prescription drugs.
Injured by a Drunk or Drug-Intoxicated Truck Driver?
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, the underlying situation could easily involve either drug or alcohol intoxication. Truck drivers are operating a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when fully loaded. The size and weight of a commercial truck makes it much more difficult to control even when a driver is fully alert, well-rested, trained, and capable of making split-second decisions. Add alcohol or drugs and the truck is a rolling time bomb.
The first step in a truck accident case is determining the cause of the accident. Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., works closely with local, state and federal agencies involved in determining accident causation. Our firm can call on the industry experts we use in our truck accident cases when needed. To find out more about what to do after a truck accident and how to preserve evidence, check out our truck accident resources page.
In many cases, the underlying cause will become clear very shortly after the accident: The truck driver after an accident will be tested for alcohol or drug intoxication. We will take action to gain access to the test results as just one of the many investigative steps we undertake in truck accident claims and lawsuits. Other issues contributing to dangerous and deadly truck accidents include safety system failures (brakes), fatigued drivers, uneven loads, speeding, driving too fast for conditions, or aggressive or unsafe driving behavior.
Call our Corpus Christi Truck Accident Lawyers for Help
Our legal team has over 100 years of shared legal experience, and we are committed to pursuing the maximum possible in damages. Any truck driver who has consumed alcohol, drugs, whether illegal, prescribed, or over-the-counter, or who has engaged in other violations of safety regulations, must be held accountable. We are zealous advocates for those we serve. Call now for the professional legal help you need after a trucking accident. We are ready to get to work for you.