The most recent available compilation of crash statistics for the state of Texas is from the year 2016. Going through them reveals a lot to the Houston truck accident attorney. Not only are large tractor trailers and commercial vehicles involved in fatal crashes, larger pick-up trucks and SUVs are also contributing to these sad statistics. Another problem is that some of these larger vehicles are being operated by drivers under the influence.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that any commercial driver with a Blood Alcohol Content of .04 found while behind the wheel of a big rig will receive a DUI citation. That is one half of what other drivers can have when tested. Still, a number of these large truck operators do receive these citations and have contributed to the fatalities on Texas roads.
Large Truck Statistics
Commercial tractor trailers and large trucks were in 514 accidents that involved at least one fatality. Not only is this a problem for large trucks, but pickup trucks and SUVs were involved in another 2,248 traffic accidents that involved fatalities as well.
The message is clear, these larger vehicles can be more dangerous, especially when improperly operated due to driving recklessly or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some of these drivers may even be so shortsighted to think the larger vehicle makes them less likely to be hurt and they take more chances, but in many cases the drivers in these accidents are counted among the fatalities.
If you have been injured in an accident with one of these larger vehicles or unfortunately a wrongful death has occurred please contact our truck accident attorney at the Lassiter Law Firm. We have represented many injured parties in the past and can do the same for you and help you gain compensation for you and your family.