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Truck Accidents Rasansky Law Firm December 30, 2014
Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: A runaway truck is a vehicle that has lost use of its brakes on a downhill slope. Large commercial trucks are more likely to suffer a brake malfunction due the size and weight of big rigs – especially when the brakes are put under stress by heavy use on steep declines such as those…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Truck “no zones” are the blind spots surrounding an 18-wheeler or commercial truck which other cars should avoid due to the increased risk of an 18-wheeler accident. The first no zone is located directly behind the tractor-trailer; an area where a truck driver cannot see you and where you are at risk of slamming…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Unfortunately, despite federal laws and regulations and the instructors of their employers, some truck drivers still choose to drive while intoxicated. Commercial truckers are subject to even stricter laws that other drivers on the road (for example, they cannot have a blood alcohol level beyond 0.02 without breaking the law). They are also often subject…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: If you are involved in a traffic accident with a big rig, you are more likely to suffer serious injury or death. Why is this the case? Very simply, 18-wheelers are considerably bigger and heavier than other vehicles and when they hit your car, they hit your car with more force. In addition, the size…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: First and foremost, accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks often result in more serious injuries and damages than other traffic accidents simply due to the fact that big rigs are much larger and more-massive than passenger cars. In addition, truck accidents often involve multiple parties, companies, and insurance policies. When dealing with a truck accident case,…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Yes, all truck drivers in Texas are required to follow a number of regulations put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that are designed to reduce the number and the severity of truck accidents and truck accident injuries. All Texas truck drivers are required to carry truck insurance, maintain an accurate trucking…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: All truck drivers in Texas – and all truck drivers across the country – are required to limit their hours behind the wheel by federal regulations drawn out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Most commercial drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours per day following a ten-hour break, and cannot work…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Despite federal regulations limiting how long a truck driver can consecutively stay behind the wheel, truck driver fatigue remains a significant cause of truck accidents in Dallas, Texas. According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, and although federal trucking regulations regarding hours of service have been improved, an estimated 20 to 40 percent of…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Despite federal regulations that are designed to keep Texas truckers alert and attentive while behind the wheel, truckers can still spend many uninterrupted hours on highways for eight consecutive days without interruption or breaks. These long, often monotonous hours mean that truckers often distract themselves with activities inside their cab. At any given time, a trucker…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: In many cases, Texas truck drivers are in a rush: the faster they deliver the goods they are carrying, the more money their trucking company makes. While speeding trucks are even more dangerous than other speeding vehicles on the interstate, some truckers and truck companies believe that it is worth the risk in order…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: While your car only requires sporadic maintenance and irregular trips to the mechanic, commercial trucks in Texas need to undergo regular safety checks. Because of their heavy daily use and because of their size and weight, big rigs need extra attention, especially when it comes to the tractor-trailer’s brake system. Texas trucking companies and truck…

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