When you’ve been injured in a wreck that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Houston truck accident attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law have extensive knowledge of the legal system and know the laws in Texas. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting for victims’ rights. Call (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form to tell our Houston truck accident lawyers how your crash occurred.
TRUCK DRIVING RESPONSIBILITIES
Truck drivers spend hours and even days on the road—that’s their job—so they have a responsibility to be careful and make smart decisions while driving. Truck wrecks can be caused by a number of factors, including drivers’ negligence, such as: careless, distracted, and impaired driving.
- driving between lanes
- driving an overloaded truck
- drowsy driving
- failing to inspect truck conditions (tires, lights, brakes, etc.)
- failing to install truck parts (blind spot mirrors, warning devices for backing up, etc.)
- ignoring bad weather conditions (rain, sleet, etc.)
- ignoring road conditions (road closures, bridge weight limits, height restrictions, etc.)
- speeding or ignoring reduced limits
- unsafe lane changing
Driving a vehicle requires full awareness and attentiveness of the person behind the wheel, especially when that person is driving a truck that’s 20 to 30 times larger than most other vehicles on the road. To avoid wrecks, truck drivers should be aware of the distractions that can occur while driving, such as:
- CD/radio distractions
- cell phone use
- passenger distractions
In Texas, the law requires that all drivers in a school zone must not use a hand-held phone or text while driving. Each state has its own cell phone and texting ban laws. To learn more, visit the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety.
It is illegal to operate a vehicle in Texas with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or above. Specifically, truck drivers may not consume or be under the influence of any alcohol within four hours of going on duty or while driving, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Drivers also can’t possess or be under the influence of drugs, which include narcotics, derivatives, or amphetamines.
If you were involved in a truck crash that was caused by another driver’s recklessness, fill out a free initial consultation form now. Terry Bryant is a former judge and is Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and we have the skills and resources to aggressively advocate for you.