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Accidents Caused by Speeding 18 Wheeler Trucks

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C. April 19, 2015

Most people in Texas have been guilty of speeding. For any driver, speeding is a violation, but whencommercial truck drivers go faster than the legal limit it is especially dangerous. Although 18-wheelerdrivers are all well aware that speeding increases their chances of getting into a wreck and seriouslyinjuring other drivers and themselves, it is still one of the two leading causes of truck accidents in Texas.

The fact that a tractor trailer can legally weigh up to 40 tons without a special permit, to most people meansthat drivers of 18 wheeler trucks have a special responsibility to the public on the roads. While it is truethat we all benefit as a society from the transportation of goods, it is also true that only the most skillful andresponsible drivers should be allowed to get behind the wheel of a vehicle that can cause so much damagein the blink of an eye.

Relieve Your Stress With an Experienced Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyer in Arlington, TexasIn accidents caused by semi-trucks where speed is a factor, the truck driver is going too fast for thecircumstances (traffic, road conditions, visibility) at the time the collision occurs. Driving over the speedlimit in extreme weather or in and around construction zones commonly cause accidents with 18-wheelers;these wrecks can usually be avoided if the trucker drives with care for the law and the other drivers on theroad.

Because of its great weight, a tractor trailer truck (also known as a commercial carrier) takes far longer tostop than any passenger car. Generally speaking, it takes a semi truck about one-third longer to stop than anormal car or even a pickup truck. This makes the unhindered and fast reaction time of the driver of any bigrig on the highways of utmost importance. Also of utmost importance is the speed of the commercialvehicle. While delivering loads in a timely fashion is a worthy goal, speeding to get the load delivered ontime is never a good way to accomplish it.

Speeding is one of the two most frequent causes of commercial vehicle accidents; driver distractions is theother. Many trucks have recorders that keep a record of the vehicle’s speed while it is on the road. Somecommercial carriers have also equipped their vehicles with devices that communicate vehicle speed in realtime (just as it is occurring) to the carrier’s location. These “black boxes” also known as event datarecorders on board the tractor trailers have brought a great deal of safety to the roads while also serving aspecial function in identifying causes of accidents.

These event recorders require special equipment to download the data; this information is rarely offered tosomeone involved in an accident who decides to handle their claim without the aid of an attorney; this isone of the reasons anyone who has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer truck needs to have anattorney protecting their rights; to acquire all the data that is available to argue, substantiate and proveliability.

Sometimes the trucker’s speed isn’t just a bad judgment call. Commercial truck drivers are under constantpressure to get their cargo to its location quickly and on time. Truck drivers in Texas and all over the entireUnited States often work long hours and often drive over legal speed limits to meet their deadlines, even ifit means breaking the law and putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

18 wheeler trucks sit up higher on the road than most other vehicles. This offers the driver of the big rig abetter view of the roadway but can also leads to accidents caused by the over confidence of the driverstemming from this higher vantage point. Rear end truck accidents, jackknife accidents and rolloveraccidents all can be attributed in some cases to improper speed.

Whether speeding is the result of pressure from the carrier to deliver a load on time or is the result of badjudgment on the part of the driver, the desire for additional compensation by either the truck’s carrier or thedriver of the truck can result in your Texas truck accident. A speeding truck driver is always a negligenttruck driver and should be held accountable for your injuries. When an 18-wheeler weighing many tonscrashes into you at an excessive speed or causes you to have a crash in any other way, you will almostalways have serious injuries because of the comparative weight of your vehicle versus the weight of thetruck. When an accident with a truck happens, you need a Texas truck accident attorney who is familiarwith the laws how to represent you and get you all the compensation you deserve.

If you need an experienced 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer in Texas to represent you and be in youcorner, contact the truck wreck attorneys at Adrian Crane and Associates. Our lawyers are ready to help yourecover compensation for your pain and suffering, your lost ways and your medical bills.

We will help you hold the driver and the trucking company responsible for your wreck and the lawyers atAdrian Crane and Associates are ready now to help you. Call one of our attorneys or use the contact formlocated in this website to have one of our lawyers contact you at a convenient time to discuss your truckaccident claim for no charge. We only get paid when you recover.

Adrian Crane and Associates offers free consultations on truck accident cases with a lawyer experienced inhandling all kinds of cases caused by accidents on the roadways. There is no obligation for the consultationand no fees on the cases we accept unless we win your case.