Sharing the road with 18-wheelers can be unnerving at times. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles make them hard to maneuver and slow down in time to avoid an accident. When a truck driver is not paying attention or driving erratically, it can greatly increase the chances he or she may cause a serious accident. This seems to be just what happened with a recent multi-vehicle accident in Texas where truck driver negligence may have been a causal factor in the fatal wreck.
A lot of research is done on the causes and impact of fatigue on driver safety. However, it's difficult to say how many fatal Texas truck accidents are due to truck driver fatigue. Truckers spend many hours on the road, and even if they get enough sleep, the monotony of the roadway and the sound of the engine could cause sleepiness.
Another Texas accident has resulted in injuries caused by the careless use of a cell phone. Motorcycle accidents sometimes have unique configurations and causes, and the phenomena of smart phones has interceded to add to that factual mix. In a rare occurrence, a motorcycle slowed down to allow its female passenger to pick up her cell phone that she had dropped on the roadway.
Texas has numerous highways that have only two or three lanes for all traffic going in both directions. The potential for death and personal injury on these roadways is substantial due to the tendency of some drivers to pass when passing is unsafe. Passing should only be attempted when a driver is absolutely certain that no traffic is coming in the other direction. It should not be attempted where the view ahead is limited due to curves or hills that restrict the scope of a driver's sight.
Some interstate highways in Texas are heavily used corridors for a massive volume of truck traffic heading to all points throughout the state and the country. The toll of human life taken each year by truck accidents associated with that high a volume of trucking traffic is great. The most recent disaster occurred on Interstate 20 in the East Texas region, near Smith County, with three lives perishing in the event.
Texas is host to many truck accidents, injuries and fatalities on its highways each year. Truck accidents happen in every configuration and factual scenario imaginable. Sometimes, when one accident has occurred, and the vehicles are all stationary and being investigated, another vehicle will come along and crash into the site of the first accident, causing substantially more damage than already occurred.
A new trend in trucking may scare a lot of people throughout the country, including in Texas. Autonomous trucks are being developed to go out on the highways without a driver! It should be added that, at first, these unmanned highway giants will have a driving technician operating the computer controls inside the truck. It is also predicted that they will reduce, not increase, the number of truck accidents that occur.
The vast expanse of Texas highways sees its fair share of truck accidents each year. These are often violent and destructive events that increase the injury and death toll considerably in the state. For example, a truck accident occurred on Jan. 17 on the U.S. Highway 190 bypass near Copperas Cove. Several people were injured and one woman killed in the tragic turn of events that indicates truck driver negligence.
A massive crash involving five tractor-trailers is a rare event even on the overused highways of Texas. It happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 20 West near Longview, in what appears to be a case of truck driver negligence. The driver of a 2014 semi-trailer crashed into four other semitrailers that were stopped for traffic in the westbound lanes. That driver, a 66-year-old male, and his passenger, a 52-year-old female, both died from their injuries, and were declared dead at the scene by a justice of the peace.
Trucking accidents occur regularly on Texas highways. On Dec. 21, the state witnessed one of its most freakish truck accidents, which resulted in two deaths. At about 2:22 a.m. on that date, a tanker-trailer heading east on I-10 in El Paso struck the protruding arm of a massive construction vehicle that was sticking out about four feet onto the highway. The collision turned part of the driver's side of the truck into a shredded sculpture resembling a tangled web of steel.