With a booming trucking industry, people driving in and around the Dallas highways are familiar with the amount of 18-wheelers that can be on the road at any given time.
No matter how well trained they are, driving a truck well is a skillset that takes a lot of time and practice on the road.
Because of the increased demand for skilled truck drivers, many are fast tracked into driving an 18-wheeler sooner than they are ready.
Driving a massive semi-truck over long hours is physically taxing on your mind and body – Try stopping something that weighs 80,000lbs in a split second while in the middle of traffic.
I-35 (in Dallas) is among the most dangerous highways to drive on and there are a wide range of factors that contribute to this including under trained, overworked, and fatigued truck drivers.
These same factors contribute to countless accidents anywhere in the United States including Lake Charles.
To top it all off, because of how large and high up 18-wheelers are, they don’t have the same vision that someone in an suv or much smaller car have.
There is something called “No-Zones” that make it impossible for a truck driver to see you try and pass.
If you are unaware of “No-Zones”, and a truck driver can’t see, they could inadvertently force you off the road into a serious accident without even knowing you were there in the first place.
We share the road every day with 18-wheeler trucks, which is something most of us do not think twice about.
However, the risk of serious injury or death associated with an 18-wheeler accident is much greater than most other accidents.
Driving alongside a big rig truck can be nerve-wracking, especially in inclement weather conditions.
But weather is not the only thing that can lead to an 18-wheeler accident. Here is a look at the most common causes of these types of accidents in both Texas and Louisiana:
- Distracted driving
- Driver inattention
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to maintain a safe distance
- Hazardous cargo and spills
- Reckless driving
- Lack of proper training
- Mechanical malfunctions and improper maintenance
- Texting and driving
- Traffic congestion on roads
That’s a lot of factors completely out of your hands that could result in a serious, or fatal, 18-wheeler truck accident.
Even if you were completely awake, never texted while driving, stayed aware, and followed all laws, there are hundreds if not thousands of other drivers at any given time who are dealing with just a few of the factors listed above.
If you’ve been in an 18-wheeler truck accident, or know someone who has and needs help, please give us a call for a free consultation.
These accidents can all result in serious injury, permanent handicap, lost wages, physical therapy bills, and undue mental/emotional strain.
Our team of experienced truck accident lawyers will fight for you whether you’re in Dallas or Lake Charles.
We have a strong understanding of how to approach and win these cases and file a wrongful death lawsuit if needed.
In the event you lost a loved one in an 18-wheeler accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. To learn more about your options, please contact Shamieh Law today and schedule a free consultation.