Commercial trucks pose a serious threat to those who are driving typical passenger vehicles. Despite efforts by the federal government to create better safety regulations for those who drive commercial vehicles, the number of serious accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as semitrucks, has increased in recent years. More people are being hurt in accidents with larger vehicles.
If you are one of the millions of parents who send their children to school each day on a school bus, then the fatal school bus accident in Houston last month probably has you concerned.
According to the Department of Public Safety in Chilton, an 18-wheeler westbound on State Highway 7 lost control on the wet road and slid into a pickup truck heading north on U.S. Highway 77. The crash caused a fire to engulf both vehicles because the 18-wheeler had a load of kerosene.
On the morning of Feb. 25, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision that claimed the life of one driver. The other driver was left uninjured. The accident occurred when a semi-truck heading west struck an eastbound car on Highway 11, approximately seven miles east of Winnsboro. The Department of Public Safety reported that crash happened as the semi-truck rounded a curve on the highway and crossed over into the eastbound lane.
Texas residents may not understand how common large truck accidents occur and how severe the repercussions may be. Accidents of this nature have increased; 2012 showed a 4-percent increase than the former year. An estimated 3,921 individuals died, and 104,000 individuals were injured in truck-related accidents in 2012. During the same year, statistics showed that large trucks totaled 4 percent of all vehicles that were registered in the United States. Trucks of this type are classified as those weighing over 10,000 pounds.
Truck accidents are responsible for about 4,500 deaths every year. In Texas, there were 3,398 deaths due to vehicle accidents in 2013. Of those, 101 were fatalities in large truck accidents.
A collision that occurred between two tractor-trailers in West Texas led to a fire, the deaths of both drivers and the serious injury of the one passenger who escaped. Authorities indicated that the wreck happened at 10:51 on Sept. 4.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the deceased driver of a white pickup truck that was involved in a crash with two semitrucks on July 7 at approximately 4 a.m. They said the 48-year-old man, from Chihuahua, Mexico, was attempting to re-enter the interstate from the right shoulder of Interstate 10 when a yellow semitrailer traveling westbound struck the pickup. The force of the collision caused the pickup to jackknife into the westbound lanes of traffic, where it was then struck by a white semitrailer according to authorities.
According to sources, a man died in an accident on June 20 in Texas after he crashed into the drilling rig of a triple axel truck. The accident took place on the Dallas North Tollway near Frankford Road. The Texas Department of Public Safety said that the truck had been pulling a drilling rig when one of the truck's tires blew out. The driver of the truck was forced to pull into the left lane.
As you have likely heard, last week, a truck accident occurred which left comedian Tracy Morgan critically injured and another man dead.