Texas has one of the highest rates of driving under the influence (DUI) traffic fatalities in the country. Thousands of accidents involving a DUI driver occur every year resulting in crashes and death. The Texas Department of Transportation gathers data from traffic accidents across the state. In 2017, there were 3,721 deaths, 17,546 suspected serious injuries, 80,621 non-incapacitating injuries, and 156,686 possible injuries due to drunk drivers in Texas. Recently, it was announced that Harris County in Houston, Texas has one of the highest rates of DUI fatalities in the state. It has been found that approximately 30% of all fatal crashes involve a DUI driver.
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Each year thousands are affected by the negligence of persons driving under the influence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes. That would equate to one person every 50 minutes.
So you have been involved in an accident with an 18-Wheeler. What now? Who is responsible? Unlike car accidents, which are usually caused by some combination of driver error, vehicle malfunction or road conditions, accidents involving large commercial trucks may have many other contributing factors that are unique to the trucking industry.In order to establish liability and recover compensation, it is first necessary to identify every possible person or business entity responsible for the crash. Potential defendants in a truck accident case may include:Truck Driver - Commercial truck drivers are responsible for following the same driving rules as all other drivers. These rules include avoidance of dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, aggressive driving, texting while driving, and driving under the influence. Truck drivers must also adhere to additional standards as directed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This includes following hours of service rules, and maintaining detailed records regarding driving times and vehicle inspection.Trucking Company - Trucking companies must ensure that the drivers they employ are qualified and properly licensed. This includes conducting background checks and random screenings for drug or alcohol abuse. Furthermore, employers are prohibited from requiring or encouraging drivers to break federal safety regulations. Additionally, the trucking company is responsible for properly training their drivers before and after they get out on the highway. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1-800-594-4884.