A truck accident can change your entire life. Injuries from truck accidents are usually severe or life-threatening due to the heavy size and weight of trucks, and recent statistics show that truck accidents are a huge problem in Texas.
Data from 2019-2021 reveals that there were 579, 568 and 716 truck accidents deaths in Texas for each year respectively. This number is almost double the number of California’s, with the second highest numbers.
Research is being done to determine why these numbers are so high in Texas. The state’s large population means a higher number of vehicles on the roads, which could potentially be a reason, but more analysis is needed. This troubling data emphasizes the need for more education on truck safety.
Causes of truck accidents
There are many common causes of truck accidents. Truckers spend long hours on the road and must meet tight deadlines.
Road construction, weather or traffic backups cause can truckers to get behind schedule, resulting in aggressive driving, to meet deadlines. The grueling hours behind the wheel can also cause drowsy driving, leading to an accident.
Distracted driving is another cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers who are already driving while tired are more likely to become distracted while driving, but even those who are alert may become distracted by their phones, dispatch devices or navigation systems.
Failure to properly maintain trucks or inadequate training of truckers are factors in many truck accidents. Trucking companies have a duty to make sure their trucks are safe for road travel and quickly address any issues, as well as provide proper training before letting their truckers out on the road.
What to do after a truck accident
After a truck accident, you are likely to be in shock. Seek medical attention and focus on healing. Your recovery process may be long, causing you to lose out on work while your medical bills pile up. A personal injury claim could provide you with necessary compensation.