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The majority of deaths from commercial vehicle collision to passenger cars come from the occupants of the passenger car. Because a car is so much smaller than a big rig, the brunt of a collision usually falls on the passenger car occupants. Size is only one of the differences from car accidents. Big trucks can easily weigh 20 to 30 times more than a car or pickup truck. The size coupled with the higher ground clearance terms to lead to total destruction of the passenger car in a collision at highway speeds.
Also, because 18 Wheelers take much longer to stop, many accidents occur simply because the big truck could not stop as quick as the vehicles in front of it. because most of the fatal truck accident occurs on highways or interstates, higher speeds are a given for many of the fatal truck accidents in Texas.
Despite regulations limiting the number of hours a truck driver may actually drive his vehicle, tired truck drivers and distracted drivers are common occurrences in many fatal crashes. Then to, many truck drivers cheat on their logbooks to make ends meet financially. Rules violations by truckers have had a dramatic impact on the average settlement of an 18-wheeler accident.
Texas has the most fatal trucking accidents
Texas leads the nation in fatal truck accidents. In the latest numbers from 2020, there were 513 fatal commercial vehicle accidents. In those crashes, 581 people died. Overall Texas had 32,562 total commercial vehicle accidents last year. Texas accounts for over 13% of all fatal trucking accidents in the United States.
Despite having the worst large truck safety problem in America, Texas lawmakers recently passed a law making it harder for a jury to hear about the wrongdoing and safety violations of motor carriers in truck accident injury lawsuits. Nationally, 97% of all deaths in a trucking accident were passenger vehicle occupants.
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Texas truck accidents by the numbers in 2020
Last year truck accidents in Texas further the state’s reputation as the worst state in America for truck accidents. Here are the facts according to the Texas Department of Transportation:
- 513 Fatal Commercial Vehicle Crashes in Texas
- 581 People Died
- 1245 Serious Injuries
- 7342 Non-Incapacitating Injuries or Suspected Injury
Top counties for semi-truck accidents in Texas in 2020
- Harris – 4915 Accidents
- Dallas – 3735 Accidents
- Bexar – 2137 Accidents
- Tarrant – 1781 Accidents
Where do most truck crashes in Texas occur?
About ½ of all big truck crashes happen on major highways. While interstates and freeways accounted for about 1/3 of all trucking crashes. Minor highways accounted for only 15% of fatal big rig accidents.
The most dangerous highways in Houston:
- Interstate 45 (I-45)
- US 290
- Interstate 10 (I-10)
- US 59
- Beltway 8
The most dangerous highways in Dallas are:
- Interstate 35 (I-35)
- Interstate 30 (I-30)
- Interstate 20 (I-20)
- State Highway 360 (SH 360
- State Highway 183 (SH 183)
The deadliest highways in San Antonio:
- Interstate 10 (I-10)
- Loop 1604
- Interstate 35 (I-35)
- Interstate 410 (I-410)
- US 90
The most dangerous roads in Austin:
- Interstate 35 (I-35)
- US 183
- US 290
How many semi-truck accidents happen in Houston?
Houston has the most tractor-trailer accidents in the state of Texas each year. Unfortunately, Houston also rates as the deadliest city in the country for fatal trucking accidents. In 2020 alone, Houston had over 2,835 injury accidents.
In the latest commercial vehicle accident statistics in 2020 Houston had:
- 41 fatal truck accidents
- 46 deaths
- 121 serious injuries
- 2668 other injuries or suspected injuries
Which state has the most tractor-trailer accident deaths?
Texas leads the nation in fatal commercial vehicle accidents for the last ten years. Texas accounts for almost 14% of the deaths in the United States from big truck crashes.
Part of the problem is because Texas has so many miles of the type of highways where most trucking collisions occur. Also, the number of big rigs crossing Texas every day, adds to the devastating numbers.
Here are the top ten states for fatal truck accidents (in order)
- North Carolina
Why Texas truck accident cases are complicated
Truck accidents are different than a normal car-to-car crashes. The complexity of a commercial vehicle accident stems from three separate factors.
First, because of the weight of the big rig, the injury potential is astronomical compared to a car-to-car crash.
Second, because the injuries tend to be severe or even fatal, the stake for the insurance carriers and trucking companies is significant. In order to obtain maximum compensation, a court fight is almost inevitable in most severe injury or wrongful death cases. An exception might be where the trucking company had a single liability policy and no excess coverage with catastrophic injuries by the victim.
Third, the evidence needed to prove liability includes many factors that are not part of a simple car accident case. Professional truck drivers are required to follow stringent safety rules in order to protect the public. Much like pilots, because the vehicles can do such damage, safety rules and laws have been developed for truck drivers and trucking companies. Trucking company rules and regulations were enacted to protect the public.
Finally, truck accident investigation is much more extensive and detailed than for other motor vehicle crashes. Comparison of car accidents with truck crashes shows that trucking collisions are much more deadly. Investigations of tractor-trailer, big truck crashes require the expertise of a lawyer with substantial experience in truck collisions.
Our trucking accident attorneys have been representing catastrophically injured individuals and families who have lost a loved one for over three decades. We have never lost a truck accident case. And have amassed a huge number of multimillion-dollar settlements for our clients.
Top Causes of Big Rig Crashes in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the vast majority of semi-truck crashes in Texas are caused by the following factors:
- Faulty evasive action– This happens frequently when the trucker makes a poor choice of action or was distracted and reacted late.
- Driver inattention– One of the most common causes of vehicle accidents is distracted drivers. This can be cell phone use, eating food, or even changing a radio station. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road.
- Safety rule violations– From driving over the hours allowed to failing to inspect the rig for safety issues. Safety violations are usually serious infractions.
- Improper lane change- The blind spots on tractor-trailers lead to many collisions. Often innocent motorists are trapped in a blind spot truck accident.
- Failing to Yield the Right of Way– When large trucks don’t yield, the results are often fatal.
Also, violations of the FMCSR by either the trucker or motor carrier account for many of the fatal crashes in Texas, although such factors are usually not accounted for on the Texas crash reports.
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Texas has the worst record in the country for fatal truck accidents. Houston leads the state in serious injury and fatal big rig crashes. The Houston truck accident lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm have been winning huge settlements in big rig accident cases for over three decades.
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