Sharing the road with an 18-wheeler may be a daunting experience for some people. In Houston, the major highways of I-10, 610 and 45 have some of the worst truck accidents.

When an accident involving a large truck occurs, traffic piles up, and the wait time may turn from minutes to hours if the police block off the entire interstate. In order to counteract this, be aware of the causes of tractor-trailer accidents.

18-wheeler accident statistics

The Texas Department of Transportation reported that in 2018, 465 fatalities occurred involving large trucks. It also showed that in the same year, more fatal crashes happened in Harris County than any other county in the state.

Causes of truck accidents

As with crashes involving cars, the causes of truck versus car is mostly the same with some additions:

  • Speed
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Ignoring traffic regulations

More causes include those that mainly affect the truck and the driver:

  • Poor inspections
  • Lack of training or experience
  • Faulty maintenance
  • Cargo loaded improperly

Driver fatigue is a significant reason for concern. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives truck drivers Hours of Service to combat this. Drivers must keep logbooks to verify their drive-time.

Establishing liability

If you were ever to have an accident involving an 18-wheeler, several parties may be at fault. Those parties may include the following:

  • The truck driver may be at fault for negligence, such as distracted driving
  • The trucking company may not have correctly trained a driver or it may be negligent of hiring a driver with a bad driving record
  • The cargo company may have incorrectly loaded the cargo
  • The manufacturer made a defective part of the truck or trailer

There are millions of trucks riding the blacktop every day. If you receive an injury in an accident, you may be able to receive compensation if you can prove someone else was at fault.