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Truck Accidents

Truck Wrecks

Drivers of commercial vehicles are assumed to be professional drivers and therefore are required to take heightened and special care on the roadways to protect themselves as well as those just like us, our friends, family and neighbors who share the roadways with these large vehicles. When a driver of a commercial truck does not follow the safety rules and injuries occur, that driver and the company for which he/she works is responsible for that injury.

Large commercial trucks are involved in thousands of crashes that kill or cause serious injury to people every year. If you have been involved in a wreck with a commercial truck where you were not at fault, there is a good chance you are subject to compensation for your harms and losses.

There are many factors that cause these large commercial vehicles to cause  fatal crashes on our roadways and highways. Due to their sheer size and weight, large commercial trucks, on many occasions, cause tremendous damage to both the other vehicle and the occupants inside.

Truck Drivers have Standards and Regulations They Must Follow

The trucking industry is very heavily regulated in order to protect other drivers on the road. Tractor trailer drivers must follow special precautions and rules when on the roadways in order to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

Even due to these heavily regulated standards, large trucks are involved in thousands of crashes that kill or cause serious injury to people every year. If these standards were not followed, and as a result, another driver is injured, the truck driver or the trucking company is responsible for any injuries that are caused.

 

5 GENERAL RULES & REGULATION STANDARDS OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

 

  1. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive a certain number of hours per day. No exceptions.

Tired truck drivers are a major cause of harmful and sometimes deadly truck crashes which put the traveling public in the way of great harm. Trucking companies must comply with the standard hours set to regulate driver safety. If a driver is permitted or forced to drive more than the regulated hours due to delivery deadlines and a crash occurs, the driver and trucking company can be held responsible. Many times truck drivers have a deadline to meet in order to deliver their load timely, and this, many times, requires drivers to drive in excess of allowable hours. This is one of the most common areas of violations we find in our investigations.

  1. Truck drivers must use “extreme caution” or stop driving during bad weather.

Changing weather and road conditions can occur during any point of a truck driver’s route. Just because the road conditions change, many drivers are still under pressure to meet the load delivery deadline. The words “profits over safety” are very common traits with many trucking companies. The standards are set that the driver must slow down or stop driving in order to avoid losing control and crashing the vehicle in order to protect us all. If a truck driver continues to operate in extreme weather such as heavy fog, snow storms/icy conditions, rain storms etc. without significantly reducing their driving speed  and cause a wreck, the truck driver and the trucking company can and should be held responsible.

  1. Trucking companies must  maintain and repair their trucks.

Defective brakes and tires and inadequate lighting are leading causes of major accidents involving trucks. Truck drivers and trucking companies are required, before any load is to be driven, to inspect and repair mechanical defects and maintain safe vehicles under the regulatory standards. If these vehicle inspections are skipped and standards are ignored then the safety of the traveling public and communities in which they travel are in danger of a serious and even deadly wreck.

  1. Cargo in or on a truck must be properly secured.

Cargo in or on a truck must be secured following the regulation standards set in order to ensure that trucks are safe from load tipping or from spilling their cargo on the streets and highways in which we all travel. Trucking companies that allow their trucks to go out on the road without correctly inspecting, securing or balancing the load create a dangerous and often times deadly, condition for all of us. These trucking companies must be held responsible for any harms and losses their truck or cargo causes.

  1. Truck drivers must park their trucks and trailers in safe designated areas.

Truck drivers who park their trucks and trailers in or near the path of moving traffic can cause deadly crashes. The regulations and standards require that a trucker must place warning triangles, flares or a flagger to alert drivers to protect all who come upon the unexpected obstacle in their path.

 

Standards and regulations for truck drivers are set up to establish safe driving conditions for everyone on the roads and to prevent harm to all of us. There are many truck drivers and their companies who follow these standards but many put “profit before safety” by ignoring or “skirting” the rules, regulations and standards that are in place to protect us all from harms and losses.  We applaud trucking companies that are committed to the professional standards and responsibility of driving these large vehicles….but rest assured, we will fight for our clients for their harms and losses against those trucking companies and their drivers who choose to ignore the rules, regulations and standards of the state transportation code and FMCSA.

If you, or anyone you know are in injured in a collision with a commercial truck, call ALTMAN LEGAL GROUP today!

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Big Rig Crashes in Texoma

On Tuesday evening, a big rig crash near Iowa Park sent one person to the hospital. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened on 287 near Harmony Road sometime after 5:00 p.m. Although very few details about this crash have been released, we do know that a southbound pickup truck and an 18-wheeler were involved. The pickup truck was struck on the driver’s side. The driver in the pickup truck, Dylan Bowden of Electra, was transported to United Regional for treatment of injuries.

18-Wheeler Crash in Texoma

On Tuesday night, a woman was killed in an 18-wheeler crash in Bowie. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the semi truck was pulling out of the Star Travel Center on FM 174 at the time of the crash. The other driver, Chelsea Cleveland of Bowie, was transported to United Regional Hospital for treatment, but she died as a result of her injuries. Since the potential for catastrophic and even fatal injuries can occur in crashes involving commercial trucks, there are strict Federal rules and regulations that apply to interstate trucking companies and their drivers. These rules include regulations about hours of service, substances and what type of cargo can be hauled. Investigators have to determine whether or not commercial trucking companies and drivers were complying with all federal safety regulations.

Commercial Vehicle Black Box

These large commercial vehicles often have a “black box,” or GPS tracking device onboard. These devices can help lawyers and investigators to determine what happened prior to and during a crash. The data collected from these devices might have information about speed, timing of brake application, gear shifts and RPMs. All of this information, in addition to the location and time details taken from an onboard GPS unit, helps investigators to reconstruct the accident. Determining exactly what went wrong will be the investigator’s top priority after a truck accident.

FMCSA’s Inspection Documents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also places strict laws on the requirements of inspections and documentation of commercial vehicles. Pre-trip and post-trip inspection documents must be retained for a certain amount of time. Your lawyer could use these documents as evidence to prove a personal injury case against a negligent truck driver.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to Cleveland’s family members and friends and wishes Bowden a swift and full recovery from his injuries.

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Deadly Truck Crash on Highway 287

On Sunday night, a fatal crash involving an 18-wheeler happened on Highway 287 in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened sometime before 8:45 p.m. in front of the Harrold Truck Stop. The large 18-wheeler was reportedly facing south, and heading left across the northbound lane into the truck stop, when a Chevrolet pickup truck crashed head-on into the side of the semi truck’s trailer. The front of the pickup truck became wedged under the trailer. The driver of the pickup truck, 40-year-old Travis Lee Higginbotham, died as a result of his injuries in the crash.

Second Deadly Crash This Year

The semi truck was hauling bees at the time if the crash, which made it difficult for first responders on the scene. The truck was patched up and the remaining bees were contained after the wreck. Sadly, this is the second fatal crash to happen in this particular area just this year. In February, a Jeep rear-ended a car on this same stretch of roadway. The driver of that car, a woman from Amarillo, was killed instantly in the crash. Advocates and concerned citizens have called on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to do something about this dangerous and deadly stretch of roadway.

A Deadly Intersection

Unfortunately, representatives with the TxDOT have reportedly done all they can do to increase safety at this particular intersection. Adele Lewis, a TxDOT representative, said that they’ve had engineers out several times over the last 20 years to look at and assess the area in question. Troopers with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are encouraging drivers to exercise additional caution on this deadly stretch of highway. This is a particularly dangerous area, because vehicles traveling at highway speeds mix with the slower traffic coming in and out of the truck stop.

Truck Accidents in Texoma

Crashes involving high speeds and slower traffic can have devastating results. Add commercial trucking vehicles to the mix, and you could be looking at catastrophic and fatal injury causing wrecks, and any wreck involving a semi truck is going to need a comprehensive and detailed investigation to ensure the truck driver, truck and trucking company were in compliance with all federal safety regulations at the time of the wreck.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to Travis Lee Higginbotham’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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Semi Truck Spills Cargo in Wichita Falls

Last week, a tractor trailer lost its cargo on Central Freeway in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened near Maurine Street sometime around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. For currently unknown reasons, something fell off of the commercial semi truck. The vehicle behind the truck ran over the lost cargo and subsequently leaked transmission fluid down the roadway for about a half-mile stretch. Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department (WFPD) treated the area as a hazardous materials spill.

WFPD Cleans Roadway Spill

Portions of the roadway were blocked off to traffic as crews cleaned up the fluid. The roadway was reportedly an oily mess as morning commuters were diverted around the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported in connection with this incident. There has been no word on what the 18-wheeler was hauling or if any citations have been made. The car that struck the tractor trailer’s lost cargo likely sustained damage during the incident.

Lost and Spilled Truck Cargo

There are rules and regulations that govern and determine the way cargo must be strapped down and secured on commercial trucking vehicles. When cargo shifts or is lost from the truck’s payload, other motorists and roadway users are put at great risk for injury-causing or potentially fatal crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the organization tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. When semi trucks are involved in traffic accidents, there are often lengthy investigations involved. Not only do big rig drivers and commercial trucking companies have to comply with the traditional rules and laws of the road, they also have additional regulations to comply with for safe and lawful operation on U.S. roadways.

After a Truck Accident in Wichita Falls

Cases involving commercial trucking vehicles are often much more complex than cases involving traditional passenger vehicles. Truck drivers and trucking companies have additional federal rules and regulations to follow, and it’s essential to find out if a violation of any of those regulations was a contributing factor in your injury accident. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a semi truck in Wichita Falls, Lawton or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for an immediate free case consultation.

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Fatal Semi Truck Crash in Gould, OK

On Wednesday, a woman was killed in a crash involving a semi truck in Gould, Oklahoma. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, the crash happened on U.S. Highway 62 at about noon. The crash, which happened about 25 miles west of Altus, took the life of 62-year-old Mary Springs, of Eldorado, and injured a 47-year-old truck driver named Chris Stewart. He was airlifted to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Although very few details about this crash have been released, we do know that the trailer of the cattle-hauling semi truck crushed the victim’s car beside the roadway.

Deadly Tractor Trailer Crash on Highway 62

Another semi truck driver was transported to the Harmon County Hospital, but has since been released. There has been no word on the extent of that person’s injuries, but the driver who was airlifted reportedly suffered from internal injuries. At this time, we do not know how this truck crash happened, but the victim’s vehicle was apparently off of the highway when the tractor trailer toppled over and crushed her automobile. Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) are likely still investigating the cause of this crash.

Truck Accident Statistics

  • 3,964 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2013.
  • In 2012, an estimated 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks.
  • In 2013, an estimated 95,000 people were injured in large truck crashes.
  • In 2013, 71 percent of people killed in large-truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles.
  • 79 percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2013 occurred on weekdays.
  • In 2013, two percent of the large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 g/dL or higher.

Truck Accidents in Texoma

The commercial trucking industry has additional federal rules and regulations to follow, and cases involving semi trucks are often lengthy and complex. It’s possible that state and federal officials will be investigating the tractor trailer crash on Highway 62 for the weeks or months to come. After any kind of semi truck accident, it’s important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney who has truck accident experience.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to Mary Springs’ family members and friends and wishes a speedy and full recovery to the injured truck driver.

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Semi Truck Crash on 287

On Tuesday afternoon, at least four people were injured in a multi-car crash involving a semi truck. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened some time after 3:00 p.m., near Iowa Park Road. Apparently, what was initially a prescribed burn between Peterson and Bell Roads made its way to Highway 287 and then crossed the road. There was heavy smoke in the area around Rifle Range Road when a multi-car collision occurred.

18-Wheeler Involved in 287 Crash

Although very few details about the crash have been released, KFDX News Channel Three reports that a midsize car struck the back of a pickup truck. The car was then rear-ended by a semi truck, which caused it to burst into flames. Even with multiple injuries, the victims were able to escape the wreckage. Thankfully as of yesterday, the injured victims had all been released from the hospital.

Roadway Conditions and Safety Behind the Wheel

Just like with heavy snowfall, rain, hail, fog or any other type of adverse weather condition, smoke can impact a driver’s visibility. Drivers need to adjust their speed safely to the outside conditions. Visibility is absolutely essential for safety behind the wheel, and if you can’t see, you need to pull over and wait for conditions to clear. Drivers should never head into smoke so thick that they can’t safely navigate the roadway. Reduced visibility means you won’t have enough time to see or stop in the event of an emergency. If a car is stopped in front of you, or if the person in front of you is driving a little slower, you might not notice in time, and that could cause a wreck.

Truck Accidents in Texoma

Although quite remarkably, everybody in the 287 18-wheeler crash survived, those who were injured will likely be facing lengthy recoveries from their injuries. Crashes involving large commercial trucks can leave victims severely injured, or worse. Even under the best conditions, big rigs take longer to stop than smaller passenger occupant vehicles. Proper brake maintenance, adequate distance between vehicles and driving the right speed for conditions are all essential elements for roadway safety.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes all of the injured victims involved in this multi-car collision full and swift recoveries. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact our skilled lawyers today at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.

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Rising Truck Accident Death Tolls

An op-ed article out of the New York Times recently called attention to the rise in truck accident deaths on U.S roadways. While overall roadway traffic fatality rates are dropping, we’re seeing an increase in fatal crashes involving large trucks. Between 2009 and 2013, fatalities in truck-involved wrecks rose 17 percent. The writer, Howard Abramson, former executive at American Trucking Associations, is quick to point out that deliberate efforts at deregulation in the trucking industry and a business culture of choosing profits over safety have contributed to the problem.

Systematic Deregulation in The Trucking Industry

This year, Congress has worked toward rolling back safety improvements ordered by federal regulators. For example, they have been pushing for a change from the 70-hour, eight-day work week, to an 82-hour work week. They have also been making efforts to lower the minimum age for large truck drivers for interstate travel. All of these changes could add up to even more big rig crashes. We know that drowsy driving, sleep apnea, drug use and other problems associated with pushing drivers past safe limits are major contributors to injury-causing and fatal truck accidents across the country.

Savings Over Safety

It’s no secret that commercial trucks are disproportionately involved in fatal crashes. The industry fights safety advances and regulations at every turn to save a buck, and motorists’ and other roadway users’ lives at put at risk. It isn’t just the push for fewer safety regulations. These trucks are large and can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. If your small passenger occupant vehicle is involved in an accident with a big rig, you can imagine which vehicle is going to sustain more damage.

After a Truck Accident in Texoma

Accidents involving commercial trucks can leave victims catastrophically injured, or worse. These vehicles are so much larger and heavier than other cars and light trucks, and they can do a lot of damage. Since truck drivers and the commercial trucking industry do have additional federal regulations to follow for safe operation, truck accident investigations can be lengthy and involve multiple agencies. After a truck accident, investigators need to determine if truck drivers or trucking companies violated traffic laws or federal safety regulations.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in Texoma, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Deadly Semi Truck Accidents on The Rise

CBS recently reported on the disturbing news that deadly semi truck accidents are on the rise. According to federal investigators, a large portion of truck accidents are due to trucks traveling at higher constant speeds than their tires are rated for. Most large truck tires are not rated to handle speeds over 75 miles per hour, but 16 states have truck speeds equal to or greater than 75 miles per hour. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation found that multiple Michelin tire blowouts were caused by high speeds and a lack of maintenance. Even though the American Trucking Association (ATA) has been warning the trucking industry about this for years, it continues to be a problem.

The Facts on Truck Accidents

  • Between 2009 and 2013, heavy trucks and buses were responsible for 14,000 fatal accidents.
  • 223 of those fatalities were related to heavy truck tires.
  • There are an estimated 2 million big rigs on U.S. roadways.
  • In 2013, there were 3,964 deaths attributed to large truck crashes.

Other Factors Associated With Truck Accidents

Like with most crashes involving traditional passenger vehicles, wrecks involving semi trucks are rarely ‘accidental.’ Often, large truck ‘accidents’ happen through driver error, negligence, recklessness or improper vehicle maintenance. Speeding isn’t the only factor contributing to the rise in semi truck accidents across the nation. Listed below are the top 10 most common factors associated with tractor trailer accidents.

10 Most Common Big Rig Accident Factors

  1. Brake problems
  2. Distractions
  3. Traffic flow interruption
  4. Prescription drug use
  5. Drunk driving
  6. Driving too fast for conditions
  7. Unfamiliarity with roadway
  8. Over-the-counter drug use
  9. Inadequate surveillance
  10. Driver fatigue

What to do After a Truck Accident

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence, you are entitled to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. Although no dollar amount can even come close to replacing a lost loved one, surviving loved ones can recover damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. It is possible to recover compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, lost wages, future earning capacity, pain and suffering and mental anguish.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Commercial Trucking Safety Compliance

This week, inspectors and investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have been participating in Roadcheck 2015. According to KFDX News Channel Three, Roadcheck is an annual three-day enforcement event to increase safety compliance of motor carriers, vehicles, drivers, cargo and security in the commercial trucking and bus industry. This year, Roadcheck 2015 is running from June 2 – 4, and DPS troopers will be out in full force looking for semi trucks and buses with equipment violations or drivers who are not complying with both state and federal regulations.

Roadcheck 2014 Results in Texas

Last year, DPS troopers and other law enforcement agencies across the state inspected 8,714 commercial vehicles during Roadcheck. They found that over 20 percent of all vehicles had serious violations that required the trucks or buses to be put out of service until issues were addressed. Driving violations also caused 263 drivers to be put out of service. These types of violations included drivers who were on the road for too many hours or failure to be properly licensed for the rig they were driving. Both of these violations can be incredibly dangerous and put other motorists on Texas roadways at great risk for injury-causing or fatal accidents.

Trucks Accidents in Texoma

Truck accidents in Wichita Falls and other Texoma communities can leave victims in the hospital, or worse. Since commercial trucking companies and truck drivers have additional federal regulations to follow, accident investigations involving large trucks and buses often take much longer than traditional car accident investigations. If you were injured in a truck accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has extensive truck accident case experience. Determining whether or not the truck driver and rig were in compliance with all state and federal regulations is an essential part of any truck accident case.

What to do After a Truck Accident in Wichita Falls

Accidents involving commercial trucks and larger buses can have devastating results for drivers and passengers in smaller passenger occupant vehicles. After a truck accident or bus accident in Wichita Falls, your first step needs to be speaking with an experienced lawyer about your options. If your have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck or bus accident in Wichita Falls, contact the skilled legal team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free case consultation.

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Five People Killed in Semi Truck Crash

In the early hours of Sunday morning, five people were killed and multiple others were injured in a crash involving an 18-wheeler in Fort Worth. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the multi-car crash happened on Interstate 30, between Oakland Boulevard and Beach Street, at about 2:30 a.m. Initially, there was only a relatively minor crash on the roadway, but a semi truck also crashed and then caught fire. This nine-vehicle crash involved 17 people and took the lives of five.

Good Samaritan Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash

One of the people killed was actually a good samaritan who stopped to help a stranded driver. Steve and Tracy Franklin were part of a local Jeep club that helps stranded motorists during winter storms. Steve was killed in the crash and Tracey was critically injured and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital. At this time, there’s no word on her condition. Additionally, 43-year-old Veronica Gonzales and 42-year-old Mary Hernandez, of Fort Worth, were both killed in the crash. Additional names haven’t been released yet.

17 People Injured in Crash

Injuries were initially described as minor to critical and life threatening. At this time, we don’t know any of the injured victim’s current conditions or the extent of injuries involved. No less than Eight MedStar units were dispatched to the crash scene. At least one person had to be airlifted to Parkland Hospital too.

Crashes Involving Semi Trucks in Texoma

The tractor-trailer involved was a Ryder truck, getting ready to deliver the Sunday edition of the Star-Telegram. Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles, they’re required to follow additional rules and regulations to keep roadways safe. This means that accident investigations involving semi trucks are often much more complicated and in depth than investigations involving only small passenger vehicles and light trucks. Multiple investigative agencies may be involved, and the process can be lengthy.

At this time, very few details about this crash have been released. We haven’t heard what caused it or why the 18-wheeler crashed and caught fire. The cause of the multi-car crash is likely still under investigation with authorities. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends and loved ones of the people who were killed in this terrible crash. We also wish swift and full recoveries for all of the injured victims.

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