The Trucker18 wheeler drivers are paid to push the limits and cover as much distance in as short a time as possible. Worryingly, approximately 20 percent of professional truck drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. Since most commercial trucks weigh in at around 80,000 pounds it also means that other bad driving habits are a big concern. Speeding, using a cellphone and drunk driving are all major safety violations when operating a big rig.
Motor CarriersEven though there are very strict legal restrictions governing the amount of time a truck driver can spend behind the wheel, the trucking companies often encourage their drivers to keep two separate log books so that they appear to following the law while actually being in violation of it. In an industry which is severely understaffed, it is not unusual for employers to offer incentives to truckers willing to bend the rules – even when it puts other road users’ lives at risk.
ManufacturersWithin the past few years, several major auto manufactures have been forced to issue recalls of millions of cars and other vehicles. Just because 18 wheeler trucks are so big doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t have problems too even with regular maintenance. Regardless of whether the cause of the accident was a defective design or some other manufacturing error, a claim can be brought against the company who made the vehicle.
Other CompaniesSometimes, motor carriers are provided with routes for their drivers which were drawn up by other companies (whether clients or contractors). If the route put the truck on a route which was known to be unsuitable or dangerous for a truck of that size carrying the cargo which they were, then the planning company could be considered responsible. Likewise, if the company responsible for loading the cargo did so improperly and it was this error which caused the wreck to occur, then that company could be found at fault.
Fighting for the full and fair compensation you deserve in a truck wreck accident can be a difficult task, but Texas law entitles you to recover the money spent on medical expenses and other associated costs. Don’t give up. Speak to an attorney today. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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