Facts and Statistics involving 18 wheeler crashes in Dallas, Texas:
18 Wheeler Facts:
Everyone knows what an 18 wheeler looks like. When we ask our clients to describe an 18 wheeler, many state that its “obvious” or that it is “a big
truck.” Or that, “it has 18 wheels…. Duh.” All of this is true of course, but what is the legal definition of a commercial motor vehicle? 49 C.F.R.
382.107 defines a commercial motor vehicle as “a vehicle used in commerce having a gross combinations weight of 26,001 pounds or more, or designed to
transport 16 or more passengers, or used in the transportation of hazardous materials.” This definition helps lay the groundwork for determining whether or not you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle in Texas.
Truck Driver Facts:
When we ask our clients what a truck driver in Texas looks like, we get a few comical answers to this question as well. The bottom line is whatever they look like they all have most certainly received specialized training, education and formalized instruction to operate their commercial vehicle. Driver qualifications can be found in 49 C.F.R. 3911.11. Additionally The Transportation Code for the State of Texas has drafted specific legislation to oversee the licensing of commercial operators. In a truck collision case, the qualifications of the driver, their training, education, experience, traffic violations, physical attributes and mental status are always scrutinized very carefully.
Crash and Fatality Statistics Involving 18 Wheelers:
Commercial vehicles most certainly will cause property damage when involved in a wreck. Trucking accidents also cause deaths. Some of the statistics kept by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding crashes and fatalities are listed below.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety