The Katy City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that aims to reduce trucking accidents in residential areas by limiting commercial traffic. Under the new ordinance, which goes into effect on October 1, heavy trucks will no longer be allowed to use residential roads such as Avenue D, Katy Hockley, Morton, and Clay roads. Traffic will instead be diverted to Katy Fort Bend Road, Highway 90, and Interstate 10.
Accidents caused by 18-wheelers and cargo trucks have become commonplace in the northern portion of the city, explained Council members, with accidents occurring as many as three or four times a week. Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris noted that accidents at the intersection of Clay Road and Kate Hockley Road have become especially common, and he hopes that the new ordinance will make residential roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.
Trucking accidents are among the most catastrophic accidents on our roadways. According to 2020 statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, heavy trucks were involved in approximately 1 in 10 fatal traffic accidents. When a heavy truck — like an 18-wheeler, semi, or tractor-trailer — crashes into a car, SUV, or motorcycle, the result is almost always catastrophic injury or death. When truck drivers fail to obey the rules of the road the consequences for other drivers can be life-altering, even fatal.
At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, our trucking accident attorneys handle catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving tractor-trailer trucks throughout Texas. If you have suffered a severe injury in a tractor-trailer truck accident in Texas, we can help you. Please contact us online or call now 713-742-6008 for an immediate consultation at no cost.