In the past few decades, fatal trucking crashes have been rising dramatically. With 70% of all products being ship via truck transport, it is no surprise that such a large number of trucking-related injuries and deaths occur. In fact, it is estimated that by 2030, trucking crashes will become the fifth largest cause of death in the United States. The trucking industry has been growing rapidly in the U.S and to keep up with demand, trucking companies hire unqualified drivers to operate their trucks. This has had a significant effect on the number of crashes involving trucks. Since 2009, there has been a 52% increase in trucking crashes.
Trucking companies often point out that truck-related crashes only account for 11% of all traffic-related fatalities. Just over 10% doesn’t seem that high. However, these trucks only account for 4.2% of traffic in the United States. Making them twice as likely to be in an accident when compared to passenger vehicle drivers. What is more concerning is that almost 75% of collisions with large trucks are fatal.
Currently, the Texas State Senate is considering a bill that would shield these trucking companies from liability. Experts have continually pointed out that House Bill 19 will only make Texas roads less safe. Should this bill pass, it will limit the options victims have to hold these companies responsible. Poorly trained, distracted, and fatigued commercial drivers cause serious and fatal injuries far too often. These companies need to be held responsible in order to prevent further disasters from occurring.
Injured in a Trucking Crash? Contact The Law Giant
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident in Texas, reach out to Begum Law Group right away. We are well-versed in trucking accident insurance claims and can make sure you are being treated fairly by the liable party’s insurer. With offices in Laredo, Brownsville, and McAllen, The Begum Law Group can be sure to handle your case no matter where in Texas you live. To schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case, call (210) 921-2200 today, or reach out through the online form.