According to the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,560 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents on United States roadways during 2018, marking the second consecutive year that motor vehicle fatalities declined. The decrease in fatal traffic accidents comes even as more people drove in 2018. Of the categories assessed, speeding was the most predominant factor, accounting for 9,378 of the total fatalities. Fatalities decreased in almost all categories with the exception of crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and large trucks. The largest decline was seen in fatal motor vehicle accidents involving children ages fourteen and younger. From 2017 to 2018, pedestrian fatalities increased by three percent to 6,283, representing the most pedestrian deaths since 1990. The number of bicyclist deaths increased by more than six percent from 2017, accounting for 857 of the fatalities reported in 2018. Large-truck occupant deaths increased approximately one percent from 2017. The Texas Department of Transportation also reported a 5.84 percent decline in fatal motor vehicle accidents from 2017 to 2018. However, there were no fatality-free days on Texas roadways in 2018.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2017, there were over 4,600 fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers. Collisions involving 18-wheelers clearly have consequences that are far more devastating than normal "fender-benders." If you or someone you know is seriously injured by an 18-wheeler, there are many reasons you should hire an attorney rather than try to handle your claim by yourself:
A jury in Dallas returned a $37.6 million verdict against Honda in February 2019 after a nine-day trial. The trial surrounded 27-year-old Sarah Millburn, who was left quadriplegic with only minimal use of her arms and hands after an accident in 2015. The crash occurred when Sarah was riding as an Uber passenger in a 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan that was T-boned by a pickup truck.
Imagine this scenario: you're driving down the freeway, and then one of your tires goes flat. Your family is in the car with you, so you pull to the side of the freeway and begin to change the tire. Unbeknownst to you, further down the road approaching you is an 18-wheeler, owned and operated by Acme, Inc., one of the largest distributors of home goods in America. As the 18-wheeler approaches, it glides to the shoulder, striking your car, killing all the occupants. The weather is clear, the road is straight and flat, visibility is clear for over a mile. Who may be held responsible for this horrific act?
On April 19, 2019, the driver of an 18-wheeler that was headed eastbound on I-20 near the Cleburne Highway exit caused a collision that left a 44-year-old woman dead and nine others injured.
Truck driver Lauro Lozano filed suit against JNM Express, Omega Freight Logistics, and Anca Transport and alleged that his boss made him falsify his log book to appear that he rested for the federally required 34 hours between two different routes. In reality, Mr. Lozano had finished a long route when he was asked by his boss to begin another route from Texas to Maryland.
As the vehicle industry continues to make advances in their designs and with passenger safety being a top priority, it could logically be assumed that newer cars would be safer for passengers. Well, new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that passengers of modern pickup trucks are more at risk of injury or death than the driver. The study found that specifically for two-row pickup trucks, the vehicles failed to maintain their structure when going through crash tests that are designed to recreate the event when the front-right corner of the vehicle crashes into something.
A Toyota Corolla sedan was rear ended by a Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. After the collision, a 6-year-old girl who was in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the sedan and a 12-year-old passenger were hospitalized.
Most know that tractor-trailers traveling at highway speeds pose serious risks to motorists. However, we often think that the risks are confined to others on the roadway; yet truck drivers themselves face danger.
On the evening of December 16, 2018, 19-year-old Erick Hernandez left a facility named Frontera Events Venue on Houston Boulevard in his Ford F-150 shortly before 11:00 p.m. Just minutes later, he swerved across three lanes of traffic and crashed head-on into an SUV that Taylor Phillips was driving. The 23-year-old mother was killed. In addition, her 1-year-old son and 48-year-old mother were injured.