More than 100,000 truck wrecks occur on U.S. roadways every year.1 These accidents can be caused by all types of factors. All too often, those factors involve some type of negligent, careless, or reckless behavior.
The following shares more about why and where truck accidents happen—and how and why to find an attorney after they do. When you need answers and advice after you or a loved one has been hurt in an 18-wheeler wreck, contact our Houston truck accident lawyers. We can explain your rights and help you seek the recovery you may deserve.
If you can’t come to our offices for a case evaluation, we can visit you at your home, the hospital, or another location that is more convenient for you.
Why Are There So Many Truck Accidents?
There are so many 18-wheeler accidents because people make mistakes and don’t always use the best judgment. In fact, according to federal transportation authorities, human error causes most traffic collisions,2 and each year, at least 1 in every 3 deadly truck wrecks involves at least one driver-related factor.1
Some of the various driver misbehaviors and other human errors that commonly cause truck accidents include:
- Speeding: This is the most common driver behavior that causes deadly truck accidents. It’s also 100% preventable.
- Driver distraction: As the second most common cause of fatal truck accidents, driver distraction can include anything from cellphone use behind the wheel to eating, texting, playing with a radio, or doing anything else that diverts attention from the road.
- Driver impairment: Another common cause of truck wrecks, driver impairment can involve alcohol and/or drug intoxication. This can include any drug—illegal, prescription, or over the counter—that impairs a motorist’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
- Vehicle equipment failure: For trucks, tire failure is the most common type of equipment failure that ends up causing truck accidents. While tire failure can result from poorly-made tires, it may also occur when trucks are overloaded and/or when tires are not properly maintained (by motor carriers and/or truckers).
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes of semi-truck wrecks. Anything from unsafe road conditions to trucking companies’ violations of federal regulations can also play a role causing in truck wrecks.
Where Do Most Truck Accidents Occur?
18-wheeler crashes can happen anywhere. The latest statistics1 from federal authorities, however, show that about:
- 57% of fatal truck accidents happen on rural roads
- 27% of deadly semi wrecks occur on Interstate highways
- 13% of these crashes happen on rural Interstate highways
- 30% of fatal work zone crashes and 12% of nonfatal work zone crashes involve at least one commercial truck
Additionally, federal transportation data reveals that fatal truck accidents are most likely to occur:
- At night: About 35% of deadly truck accidents and 22% of nonfatal truck wrecks happen between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Given the reduced visibility at night, as well as the higher potential for intoxicated drivers to be on the roads after dark, it makes sense that so many truck accidents happen during the late-night and early-morning hours.
- On weekdays: About 83% of deadly truck crashes and 88% of nonfatal truck accidents happen on a weekday. Given that there are typically far more vehicles on the roads Mondays to Fridays, making for more complicated traffic conditions, it’s no wonder the weekdays see a higher incidence of truck wrecks.
How to Find the Best Houston Truck Accident Lawyer for Your Case
After you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident, finding the right attorney can make a big difference in your case and your recovery. To partner with the right lawyer and set your case up for success, here are some helpful steps to take:
- Check out an attorney’s website to make sure (s)he handles cases for accidents like yours. Also, look for information about any professional recognitions, honors, and awards an attorney has earned.
- Read testimonials for the lawyer. This can include reviews on the lawyer’s website, as well as on lawyer directory sites.
- Check a lawyer’s credentials and standing with the state bar association. Here’s the attorney search tool for the Texas State Bar Association.
- Meet with the lawyer to get a feel for their experience, manor, and ability to help you.
If you don’t have time to do this type of legwork and you want to talk to an experienced lawyer with a long-standing record of success ASAP, contact a Houston truck accident attorney. Our firm has more than 20 years’ experience helping 18-wheeler accident victims seek the justice and financial recoveries they deserve.
The sooner our Houston truck accident attorneys are on your side helping you with your case, the better your chances of recovery can be. Let us tell you more about how we can help you with a truck accident lawsuit during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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Truck Accidents per Year
Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Error
- Fatal Truck Accidents on Rural Roads 57% 57%
- deadly semi wrecks occur on Interstate highways 27% 27%
- crashes happen on rural Interstate highways 13% 13%
- fatal work zone crashes involve at least one commercial truck 30% 30%
- deadly truck crashes happen on a weekday 83% 83%