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The truck driving industry is highly regulated, for over 12 million trucks actively operate across the United States, many with overworked drivers carrying hazardous material. Truck driver fatigue is a known crash risk, and factors such as slippery roads and poorly maintained brakes can increase the chances of a large truck causing a crash. Statistically, passenger vehicle occupants sustain the most damage in these crashes. Our Temple truck accident lawyers can help you.
Anyone in Temple who has driven next to large commercial vehicles knows they are intimidating. Crashes with them typically result in multi-car accidents, devastation, expensive medical bills, and lost wages. Moreover, due to the enormous size of these vehicles, injuries sustained from collisions with them are usually serious and sometimes deadly.
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Trucks and Commercial vehicles
In Texas, a commercial motor vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle used to transport passengers or property that:
1. Has a gross vehicle weight or a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds;
2. Has a gross combination weight or gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds;
3. Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
4. Is transporting hazardous materials and is required to be placarded under section 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
The Texas Transportation Code defines weight rating as the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single vehicle. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) represents the maximum amount of weight that a vehicle can handle safely; the weight rating for a vehicle can be easily located on the motor vehicle, and it must be. The GVWR is used to calculate the maximum towing capacity of a vehicle, and if it is disregarded when loading passengers or cargo, the safety of the vehicle is compromised.
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Common Types of Large Trucks
Each type of commercial truck poses a unique danger to the other vehicles on the road; some larger vehicles have inherent blind-spot issues as a result of their size. Other types of commercial vehicles are dangerous because they do not require a higher-class driver’s license to operate. Below is a list of common types of commercial vehicles along with a description of the dangers they present to other motorists.
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Tractor-trailer trucks, often referred to as “semi-trucks,” are compound vehicles, comprised of a motorized vehicle in front, hitched to tractor unit in the back; these types of vehicles are specifically designed to carry freight and almost always meet the Texas definition of a commercial vehicle. Despite these trucks being so large, they can travel as fast as most other cars on the motorway. They also must take very wide turns as a consequence of their size, which may cause damage to the property or vehicles around them.
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Dump trucks are another common type of commercial vehicle, which often fill the role of collecting curbside garbage. There are several factors that make dump trucks dangerous, including frequent stops, the bulk size of the vehicle, and distraction due to the truck being used for its utility. The utility of this truck makes it particularly dangerous because often time the crew using the truck will be focused on their task and may not have their eyes on the road.
Tanker trucks are essentially tractor-trailer trucks that carry liquid or gaseous material; these materials are often extremely explosive or chemically toxic, and thus accidents involving tanker trucks are inherently dangerous. Operating this type of vehicle in a negligent manner can lead to catastrophic events; for these reasons, tanker trucks are heavily regulated by federal and state governments.
Tow trucks are commercial vehicles whose primary function is to tow damaged vehicles that are no longer operational; there are several different types of tow trucks: hook and chain, wheel-lift, flatbed, etc. An important aspect of all these types of tow trucks is that they are extremely heavy, and the load that they are carrying may make the vehicle unstable. Additionally, there is a risk that the object they’re towing may become loose and fall off into the roadway.
Buses are vehicles specifically designed to carry many passengers; in an accident involving a bus, there is not only a danger to the vehicle they collide with but also to the great number of passengers inside of the bus. Because of the large size of the bus, they are difficult to turn and operate, and this difficulty can be compounded by a bus driver who is negligent behind the wheel.
Moving Trucks pose a unique danger because they are large vehicles that ordinary citizens can rent out for a fee. Despite their large size and that they often carry a lot of weight, there is no specific licensing that is required to drive such a vehicle. The average motorist is likely to underestimate the difficulty in operating a vehicle of this size and may experience more difficulties than they anticipated in their rental contract.
These types of vehicles are typical in Temple Truck accident scenes. Temple accident lawyers are aware of this reality and are ready to assist if one of these vehicles crashes into you.
If you have been in an accident caused by one of these vehicles, you may be thinking, “I need to find a personal injury attorney near me.” Please look no further, as a Temple injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group would be glad to assist you in seeking maximum compensation for your injuries.
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