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Dangerous Trucking Practices Put Motorists at Risk

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Large commercial trucks are inherently dangerous on the roads because of the sheer disparity in size and weight to other vehicles. Because of the risks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)1 as well as the state of Texas set out many different safety regulations that must be followed to prevent collisions between trucks and smaller cars. Unfortunately, many truck drivers and trucking companies violate these safety provisions and injuries often result. The following are only some examples of dangerous practices by some truck drivers and their employers.

Truck Driver Safety Issues

When a truck driver is behind the wheel of a big rig that weighs tens of thousands of pounds, they are expected to drive in a safe manner and in accordance with all relevant rules of the roads. Some of the ways in which truck drivers violate safety rules and cause crashes include as follows:

  • Driving after drinking or under the influence of illegal drugs
  • Texting or other forms of distracted driving
  • Not performing all pre-trip inspections
  • Failing to abide by hours of service regulations,2 which can lead to fatigued driving
  • Driving with serious health risks
  • Speeding, tailgating, dangerous lane changes, and other types of aggressive driving
  • Not adjusting driving for weather or road conditions
  • Violating any other traffic safety provisions
  • Unsafe Practices by Trucking Companies

In addition to driver error, the companies that employ drivers can also engage in dangerous practices that lead to collisions and injuries. Some examples of trucking company negligence include the following:

  • Allowing unlicensed or untrained drivers to operate commercial vehicles
  • Hiring drivers with a history of DUI or serious collisions or safety violations
  • Not properly inspecting or maintaining all trucks in the fleet
  • Not complying with conspicuity requirements for all trucks
  • Not performing the required random or post-collision alcohol or drug testing on drivers
  • Failing to discipline or suspend drivers for safety violations or intoxicated driving
  • Not properly monitoring drivers
  • Encouraging unsafe behaviors such as speeding or hours of service violations to make more deliveries and more profits.

Consult with a Skilled Dallas Truck Collision Attorney to Discuss Your Case Today

The Dallas truck collision attorneys at Clements & Clements work to expose dangerous trucking behaviors and hold drivers and their employers accountable for putting the community at risk. Please call today at 214-827-1122 to discuss your truck crash and injuries today.

Tire Defects Can Cause Serious Accidents

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Tire Defects Cause Auto Accidents Dallas TexasAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration1 (NHTSA), tire failure is responsible for approximately 11,000 accidents each year. When tires fail, serious accidents and severe injuries can occur as a result. Often, victims of accidents caused by tire failure can recover for their injuries and other losses by filing a personal injury claim against the tire or vehicle manufacturer or retailer. Because these kinds of claims can be highly contested, it is important for anyone injured in an accident that they suspect was caused by a defective tire to discuss their options with an experienced Dallas motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible.

Texas Product liability law

Texas products liability law2 allows people who are injured in accidents caused by a defective product to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of the product at issue. Generally, products liability claims fall into one of three categories:

  • Defective design – These claims allege that a product is unreasonably dangerous due to some flaw in its design. These types of flaws generally affect all instances of a given product.
  • Defective manufacture – Defective manufacture claims arise when a product is unreasonably dangerous due to some issue with the way it was manufactured. Examples of manufacturing defects include the use of substandard materials or shoddy workmanship.
  • Defective marketing or failure to warn – These kinds of claims allege that a consumer product posed some non-obvious danger that could have been mitigated by warning the consumer about the danger.

In the context of vehicle tires, these types of defects can take many forms. Some of the more common kinds of tire issues that can lead to motor vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Tire tread and belt separations
  • Bead failures
  • Sidewall failures
  • Faulty tire stems
  • Faulty retreading

When tires fail, drivers often lose control of their vehicles, which can make for an extremely dangerous situation. After an accident, it is important that victims have an experienced attorney review the facts of their case to determine whether their accident was caused by a defective tire.

Contact a Dallas motor vehicle accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation

Anyone who has been injured in an accident that they suspect was caused by a defective tire should contact an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Clements & Clements today at (800) 750-1126.

References:

1http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/SAFETY+ADVISORY:+NHTSA+Urges+Drivers+to+Check+Tires+During+Hot+Weather

2 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/htm/CP.82.htm