Truck Accidents on the Rise in Texas
Over the last three years, the number of truck accidents across the state of Texas has increased dramatically, now making the Lonestar State home to the most dangerous highways in the country. Across the state, fatalities involving trucks have increased by 50% since 2009, jumping 303 to 389 fatal semi-trailer crashes in Texas in just one year. Although any kind of truck or car accident can be tragic, vehicle accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks and semi-trailer trucks commonly cause severe damage and a higher number of fatalities in the event of an accident.
There are many factors that can result in a traumatic trucking accident. Safety violations, defective vehicles, and poor vehicle maintenance all play a part, but often the main causes of these catastrophic accidents are tired and fatigued drivers. Many of the truck drivers are oil-field workers or fracking crews who have been awake for hours on end and then fall asleep behind the wheel on our Texas highways. So, what is causing this dramatic increase in truck accidents across Texas? The answer is simple. It’s a numbers game. Since the oil and fracking boom began, there are simply more trucks on the road resulting in more traumatic accidents. According to an article published on Chron.com, Highway 72 has now become one of the states’ most dangerous highways, despite the fact that it is a mere 111 miles long.
Trucking Accidents are among the most severe accidents on our Texas roads, often resulting in multiple fatalities and catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured, or tragically lost a loved on in a truck accident, contact our dedicated Dallas trucking accident attorney today.