A Lattimore Materials cement truck was traveling on Old Humble Road when it began spilling wet cement from its drum. The driver lost control, jumped a median, and struck a vehicle traveling on the opposite side of the highway, killing someone else and himself. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, large trucks were responsible for killing 4,136 people in 2018, making them one of the most threatening vehicles on the road.
Large Trucks by the Numbers
Data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests the number of accidents and deaths related to large truck accidents will continue to rise. Large truck accidents resulting in the deaths of pedestrians, cyclists, and occupants of passenger vehicles increased by 31% from 2009 to 2018. In addition to the rise in pedestrian, cyclist, and passenger vehicle occupant deaths, the number of truck occupants (drivers and passengers) killed also increased by 51% since 2009.
While there has been an increase in deaths of truck occupants, accidents involving them still disproportionately affect pedestrians and other passengers who unfortunately come into contact with them. Ninety-six percent of passenger vehicle occupants were killed in accidents involving a large truck.
Where Accidents Occur
18-wheelers, cement mixers, tractor-trailers, and other heavy-duty work vehicles are included in the large truck category.
While 52% of fatal crashes occurred on “major roads,” 33% occurred on highways and interstates. Many Texans consider “major roads” such as FM 1960 and Old Humble Road similar to highways in many ways – including danger – as they stretch across multiple lanes and can have speed limits of 55 miles per hour and above. A city like Houston with its booming population calls for more construction, leaving drivers unable to escape large trucks, which is why companies must encourage safety training for their drivers.
In addition to traveling on the same major roads as many passenger vehicles looking to avoid highways and interstates, large truck accidents on average take place more frequently during the work week than on weekends, peaking around lunchtime. 50% of accidents occur between the hours of 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, when many drivers are leaving for work, lunch, or the commute home. This is drastically higher than the 30% of accidents not involving a large truck during the same timeframe.
Texas Truck Accident Attorneys
Passenger vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists all share the right to commute safely, without the fear of being run off the road or involved in a serious accident due to a work truck. The same can be said for large truck drivers who must be given adequate training and properly inspected vehicles that will not malfunction. If you or someone you know has been involved in a large truck accident, please contact Dax F. Garza, P.C. to discuss your case at no charge. We can explain your legal rights and pursue financial compensation on your behalf.