Helping People Injured in Speeding Truck Accidents Across North Texas Including Dallas, Fort Worth, & Arlington
We depend on truck drivers to move our goods across the country. Without a dedicated group of truck drivers, our grocery stores and other retail outlets would be without the products we wish to purchase. Most truck drivers take great pains to stay safe on the roadways; their primary goal is to get their delivery completed and return home to their families. Unfortunately, truckers are often working toward unrealistic deadlines, facing weather-related delays and may also have to deal with hours of waiting time once they arrive at the delivery destination. Some of these circumstances can lead to a truck driver traveling at speeds that are excessive for road conditions. Speeding truck accidents are one of the most deadly types of traffic accidents in the United States, especially for passengers of the non-truck vehicle.
If you were injured in an accident with a commercial truck caused by speeding, call our law firm to speak with an attorney for truck accident injury and wrongful death claims.
Speeding Statistics in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, of the 518,577 accidents in Texas, nearly 30,000 accidents involving speeding vehicles in 2015. Every 61 second a reportable crash occurred on Texas roadways. Every 2 hours and 29 minutes, a person lost their life on a Texas roadway and every 2 minutes and 8 seconds a person suffered an injury.
While drivers were the most common group to lose their lives in a speeding crash, passengers, pedestrians and others also lost their lives. Because of the sheer size of a truck, the chances of a catastrophic injury or death are significantly increased. In fact, passengers of the non-commercial vehicle involved in an accident with a truck are much more likely to die than passengers or drivers of the truck. According to a study from the NHTSA, passengers of the other non-commercial vehicle are 73% more likely to die in a truck accident.
Truckers Under Pressure to Perform
In total, there were 34,230 trucks involved in crashes on Texas roadways. Truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure to make their deliveries on time, to get to the next stop and to pick up new loads. In all too many cases, the undue stress imposed on truck drivers by their employers to meet deadlines no matter what can cause them to speed. Texas roadways are already considered some of the deadliest in the United States; 3,903 people died in accidents involving large trucks in 2014 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They also report that because of the braking systems used in large and commercial trucks, wet roads, slippery roads or a bad braking system can be contributing factors in speeding crashes.
Speeding Exacerbates Other Road Dangers
Unfortunately, speeding is not an isolated danger in many traffic accidents but can act as a catalyst for other contributing causes. There are direct correlations between speeding and reckless or dangerous driving as well as an increased incidence of road rage. Because drivers may be in a hurry to meet employer-mandated deadlines, they may feel under pressure to go faster than road conditions may allow. Drivers could also be sleep deprived and fatigued because of the unrealistic expectations of their company. Texas has a maximum speed limit of 70 mph although some areas may have limits as high as 80 mph. Keep in mind, if a truck is traveling at 55 mph, they would need the length of a football field to come to a stop, assuming the truck weight was 80,000 pounds, fully loaded. If a speeding vehicle passes a large truck, then suddenly slams on the brakes, the result can be likened to crushing a can.
Accidents Caused by Speeding Trucks
Speed-related accidents can cause a myriad of problems including:
- Inability to stop – drivers who cannot stop at a suitable distance cannot avoid a collision with the vehicles in their path.
- Hydroplaning – when roadways are wet, truck drivers may find their vehicle hydroplaning which can cause multiple accidents. One of the few options to avoid this phenomenon is to slow down.
- Loss of control – unfortunately, drivers can lose control and the truck can jackknife or tip over. Jackknifing accidents accounted for more than 300,000 trucking accidents during 2012 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both these incidents can cause serious injury to the truck driver, other motorists and pedestrians.
Unfortunately, even drivers who are obeying the speed limit can be involved in any type of an accident on Texas roadways or on other roadways across the country.
Truck Accidents Caused by Speeding Cars
Sometimes truck accidents are caused by speeding cars or SUVs, truck drivers. Unfortunately for the speeding cars, the laws of physics are unforgiving and in this case sometimes fatal. We’re all in a hurry; there never seems to be enough hours in a day to complete our errands, get to work and social events on time or even get home in time for dinner. On a daily basis, speeding accidents cause injuries and in some cases, death.
The type of injuries victims of speeding accidents suffer can be as minor as whiplash or as serious as a spinal cord injury, catastrophic injury, or death. The emotional toll of an accident is hard enough to deal with but the financial costs associated with an accident can feel overwhelming. Mounting hospital bills, an inability to work and for those with severe injuries, ongoing nursing care; it never seems to end.
Contact a Lawyer if Injured in a Speeding Truck Accident
We all do our level best to stay safe on the road and when we’re involved in an accident, our first concern is nearly always for the other people involved in an accident. Victims of accidents involving speed often suffer devastating injuries; particularly when there is a truck involved. Texas law allows victims to file a civil suit to recover financial damages for their injuries, treatment and time lost from work as well as other expenses. Remember, victims have only two years from the date of the accident to file an injury lawsuit. Because these accidents take time to investigate, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. An attorney who understands the complexities of a speeding accident with a truck can explain your options as well as your rights and possible claims for compensation. Call today to speak to our truck accident lawyers.
Texas Department of Transportation, Speed Involved Crashes, 2015. Link to pdf download: http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/21.pdf
Texas Department of Transportation, Reportable Crash Statistics, 2015. Link to pdf download: http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/01.pdf
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts-Large Trucks, 2016. Link to pdf download: http://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812279