Putnam, TX Tuesday, May 18th, 2018 A Truck Driver Died on Friday When His 18 Wheeler Slammed Into the Rear of a Second Semi Truck…
Category: Truck Accident
Truck driving is a stressful job, one that is physically and mentally demanding, with long hours and tough schedules. Not many people may be aware of this, but truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in Texas. Each day, truck drivers face the risk of a devastating trucking accident or other on-the-job injuries. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), reports that vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Texas truck drivers.
Common Injuries Texas Truck Drivers Suffer
Statistics provided by the CDC show that truck drivers experience a wide range of non-fatal injuries. Here are the most common injuries Texas truck drivers suffer:
A recent Popular Mechanics article about semi trucks details many things about tractor trailers that the average person probably doesn’t know. For instance, of the almost 2 million semi trucks operating in the United States, one third are registered in Texas, California, and Florida. These trucks are operated by 3.2 million registered drivers, who drive a combined 140 billion miles a year. And semi trucks are heavy, with a maximum legal weight of 80,000 pounds. That’s 20 to 30 times the weight of the average automobile.
Trucks with a gross weight over 10,000 pounds make up only four percent of all traffic on U.S. roads and account for only eight percent of all vehicle miles traveled each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Yet they are involved in eight percent of all fatal multi-vehicle accidents, in which 73 percent of those killed are the occupants of a passenger vehicle.
That’s according to a May 2014 report released by the NHTSA, which examines large truck accident data gathered throughout 2012. The agency reports that the number of large truck accident deaths increased four percent in 2012, amounting to 3,921 fatalities. The number of injuries in these crashes increased 18 percent, from 88,000 in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012.
Thousands of large trucks use Texas roads every day to deliver cargo and transport shipments throughout the state. Drivers of these trucks, and those who use the roads near them, rely on the truck’s safety equipment to work properly in the case of a crash. Trucks with defective safety equipment can be “red-tagged” out of service until these problems are fixed.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the truck’s under-ride guard, even a guard that appears to be in good working order can fail to prevent a fatal rear-end crash, according to a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Texas Department of Public Safety recently wrapped up its three-day participation in “Roadcheck 2014,” a nationwide safety program targeting commercial trucks and buses. The program is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
During Roadcheck, troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) increased the rate at which they perform roadside inspections. Troopers took to the highways to identify and stop commercial trucks and busses with serious equipment violations.
Most categories of vehicle accidents have seen accident rates decrease in recent years. However, the rate of large truck crashes nationwide and within Texas has stayed steady or increased in each of the past five years. What causes large trucks to crash?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck Crash Causation Study provides some answers. According to the study, the most common causes of large truck accidents include:
The extreme winter weather moving across Texas has brought a lot of attention to dangerous driving conditions; however, it is important to be aware of the many types of hazards on the road every day. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents has been on the rise since 2010. Many of these are attributed to the road hazards found across Texas.
The devastating damage that a single large truck can cause is not surprising, considering many of these vehicles often weigh more than 10,000 pounds. It is not uncommon for drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles to sustain catastrophic or fatal injuries as a result of a collision involving a large truck.
It is common knowledge that truck drivers often work incredibly long hours on the road. Unfortunately, the costly and catastrophic damages that can result in a single truck accident are also well known due to the prevalence of fatigued truck driver collisions that occur every year in Texas.
In an effort to reduce the risk of fatigued driving accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has attempted to restrict the number of hours that truckers spend behind the wheel.