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Truck accident deaths spiked in TX in last several years

We've written before about the high risk of work-related transportation accidents in Texas. In fact, our previous post -- "Work-related auto accidents up amid Texas fracking boom" -- discusses the impact of auto accidents on oil patch workers in the Lone Star State.

While speeding and distracted driving are common causes of truck accidents, defective parts and poorly maintained equipment are also major contributors to fatal crashes. It is therefore crucial that truck drivers and trucking companies ensure that brakes and other equipment are properly maintained to prevent devastating collisions. If a truck driver or other employee is injured because of defective or poorly maintained brakes, then the worker may have grounds to sue to hold the responsible party accountable.

In the last several years, Texas has seen an alarming spike in the number of fatalities caused by truck accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2010 collisions involving large trucks took 400 lives in Texas.  Two years later, 568 people died in Texas truck wrecks. Most of the people who die in truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, but large payloads, crowded highways, high rates of speed and defective parts also pose a serious risk of injury to truck drivers.

One such crash recently took a truck driver's life in Orange, Texas. You can read more about that accident here.

Truck drivers and other workers who have been injured in traffic accidents should be aware of the legal options for obtaining compensation. An attorney with experience in liability and workers' compensation claims can investigate and assess your case with a view toward maximizing the amount you receive.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise, "Truck wreck deaths spike, and SE Texas sees its share," Brooke Crum, Oct. 14, 2014

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