Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. The greater Houston area is estimated more than 3 million people and composes an area of over 600 square miles.
Houston has been rated as having some of the most congested traffic in the state of Texas and also ranks nationally in that dubious category. Particularly congested are the major highways such as Interstate 10, US 290, Interstate 45, and Interstate 59.
It’s no surprise that the larger the numbers of motorists on the highway directly correlate to the number of truck accidents that occur. Today, there are an estimated 17 million commercial trucks licensed in America.
Because the greater Houston area has the largest percentage of truck accidents in the state of Texas, Harris County residents should be aware of how to minimize the chances of being involved in a crash with a big rig.
The Texas Department of Transportation confirms that 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and take approximately one-third longer to stop at highway speeds than a passenger car or pickup truck. Harris County motorists can’t avoid completely driving around big rigs.
The following are some safety recommendations for traveling around 18-wheelers.
- Avoid allowing an 18 wheeler or tractor-trailer to tailgate. A tailgating truck may lead you to change lanes when you can safely do so or allow the truck to get ahead of you. Speeding up to the extent you can do so legally and safely is also an option to keep a big rig off your tail.
Big trucks take up to 40 percent longer to stop. If a big rig is following you closely and you have to make a sudden braking maneuver, the odds of you getting hit by the big rig are significant.
- Give turning trucks plenty of room. One major cause of truck accidents is the wide-turning truck not accommodating other traffic. Be careful not to get caught on a squeeze play by running out of roadway around a big rig that is turning.
- Avoid truck blind spots. Big rigs are notorious for their blind spots on either side of the big truck as well as immediately in front and behind the vehicles. When you are in these blind spots, the truck driver will not know that you are there, and the odds of an accident increase.
- Careful passing– If you pass a tractor-trailer on the highway, do not move back over into its Lane until you are a safe distance in front of the truck. As set forth above, there is a blind spot in the front of the truck, and these big rigs take much longer to stop.
What Should I do if I am involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer?
If you or a family member has been in an accident with a commercial vehicle such as a tractor-trailer, semi-truck or garbage truck, it is important that you contact our truck accident team as soon as possible by calling Toll Free 1-866-758-4529.
We fight for maximum compensation for your injuries, and your damages can include such things as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement. For those who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death truck accident, damages differ depending on whether the victim died instantly or survived for a time after the crash.
Call us for a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights and options after a commercial vehicle crash.
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