5 Things You Didn’t Know About Semi Trucks
Brian White | December 21, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Before the pandemic, the trucking industry seldom got the credit it deserved. Now, most Americans appreciate the value of semi-trucks and the role they play in our economy. Still, there’s a lot that the average person doesn’t know about the vehicles, the industry, and its drivers. This post will cover five facts about semi-trucks that… read more
Can Trucks Drive in the Left Lane in Houston?
Brian White | December 8, 2021 | Truck Accidents
In Texas, the left lane of a highway is typically reserved for passing. It is only acceptable to stay in the left lane in emergency situations. Texas law prohibits impeding the flow of traffic by driving too slowly in the left lane. This could have certain implications for truckers driving in Houston and other areas… read more
Why Do Truck Drivers Falsify Log Books?
Brian White | November 30, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Truck drivers are required to maintain logbooks tracking their work and rest hours. The truck driver logbook should be an accurate record of all driving hours. However, some truck drivers falsify log books to conceal the number of hours they drive without taking breaks or rest periods. Federal Regulations for Truck Driver Hours “Hours of… read more
What Is a DOT-Recordable Accident?
Brian White | November 19, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Many types of auto accidents take place on the roads each year. When a car accident involves individuals, the local police department is usually the primary point of contact for the final accident report. When there is a commercial truck accident, other officials may need to be involved. Commercial trucking companies are required to be… read more
Big Rig Accidents and Truck Driver Training: Is Commercial Truck Training Enough?
Brian White | November 18, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Big rig accidents happen more often than they should. But why doesn’t the trucking industry do more to protect its drivers and other travelers out on the roads? Before we answer the question, “Is commercial truck training enough?” it’s important to understand how deadly these accidents actually are. Truck driving is one of the 25… read more
Where Are the 4 Blind Spots on an 18-Wheeler?
Brian White | November 11, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks, also called 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, have four blind spots — one behind the trailer, one along each side of the trailer, and one below the cab of the truck. Your vehicle can disappear from the truck driver’s view in these blind spots. Truck accidents have many different causes. You cannot do much to avoid… read more
Do I Need to File a Police Report After a Houston Truck Accident
Brian White | June 25, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Texas law requires an immediate report of an accident that involves any of the following: The accident resulted in injuries A person died as a result of the crash Property damage prevents the vehicle from being normally and safely driven A police officer is under a duty to create a written crash report if there… read more
Blind Spot Truck Accidents: Why They Happen and How to Avoid Them
Brian White | June 22, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Commercial truck drivers must meet many qualifications for a commercial driver’s license in Texas. Candidates must pass drug and alcohol tests, meet medical standards, and pass a written and road test. But driving a semi-truck and trailer combination is difficult. Even the most qualified and best-trained drivers can be involved in a truck accident. You… read more
Trucking Regulations 2021: Everything You Need to Know
Brian White | June 10, 2021 | Truck Accidents
The U.S. government regulates interstate trucking companies. These regulations keep highways and roads safe for trucks and motorists. The COVID-19 pandemic created a unique situation for the trucking industry. Lockdowns meant that auto traffic was drastically reduced. But lockdowns also brought an increased demand to ship and deliver goods to consumers and medical providers. As… read more
Big Rig Accidents and Driver Training: Is Commercial Truck Training Enough?
Brian White | June 7, 2021 | Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents cause thousands of catastrophic injuries and deaths each year. Texas consistently has the highest number of large truck accident fatalities in the country. In 2018, 658 large trucks were involved in accidents in Texas, with 664 deaths. Because commercial trucks continue to be involved in a large number of traffic accidents each… read more