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Truck Crashes in Texas

Big rigs, semis, and tractor trailers are all names for large trucks. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) defines a large truck as a truck weighing over 10,000 pounds. The fact is that many large trucks reach up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Because truck crashes are often devastating, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities, the government heavily regulates the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has numerous rules and regulations that strictly monitor hours and service, maintenance, cargo loading, drug testing, insurance coverage, and licensing.

Causes of truck accidents

According to an FMSCA study, the most critical reasons that truck drivers cause accidents include:

Non-performance. Physical impairment for any reason, such as a heart attack, seizure, or falling asleep.

Recognition. Inattentive or distracted driving that result in a failure to observe.

Decision. Poor judgment, such as following other vehicles too closely, driving too fast for road conditions, or miscalculating other drivers’ vehicle speed.

Performance. Poor control, such as overcompensation, panicking, or bad direction.

The FMCSA also listed these causes for truck accidents, which are in descending order of the most frequent occurrences:

Brake problems

Traffic flow interruption (traffic congestion, previous crash)

Prescription drug use

Traveling too fast for conditions

Unfamiliarity with roadway

Roadway problems

Required to stop before crash (traffic signal, crosswalk)

Over-the-counter drug use

Inadequate surveillance


Serious representation for serious injuries

If you are seriously injured in a truck crash, a Texas car accident lawyer can investigate for causes, identify sources of compensation, and hold liable parties accountable. At The Law Offices of Guerra & Farah, our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of trucking regulations and have successfully handled truck accident cases for more than 20 years.

Arrange a free consultation by calling (866) 529-6606. Or contact us online.

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