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HOUSTON, TX — Dashcam Captures Chain Reaction Crash Involving 18-Wheeler

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 2:57 pm by Williams Hart    

The Houston Police Department is reporting that around 11:45AM on Tuesday, July 9th, a collision involving an 18-wheeler and two passenger vehicles occurred on US-290, near the Antoine exit.  

The crash was captured by a dashcam installed in another passenger vehicle following behind the 18-wheeler. 

The footage shows the 18-wheeler veering right into an occupied lane, striking one vehicle and sending it flying across multiple lanes.

That vehicle then struck another in the furthest right lane, causing it to spin out of control and roll over three times on the freeway. 

The driver of the 18-wheeler neglected to pull over and instead continued driving.

No further details have been provided on the conditions of the victims, nor the status of the unidentified big rig operator. The investigation remains ongoing.

It is unfortunate to hear of another potentially fatal traffic accident involving the negligent operation of a large commercial vehicle. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we wish a speedy recovery for all who sustained injuries.

Growing Popularity of Dash Cams

Dashcams are small cameras attached to the window or dashboard of a car to record what happens in front of the vehicle. They are typically equipped with LCD screens and audio recording capabilities and can range anywhere from $40 to $600. Some systems include Wi-Fi capabilities, 4K video quality, motion sensors, and an additional camera for the rear of the vehicle. 

With emerging tech innovation and an increasing number of accidents involving 18-wheelers, the dashcam—once a rare site on U.S. roads—has become a mainstream option for safety-conscious drivers concerned about property damage, insurance scams, and most importantly, personal injury. 

According to the Consumer Technology Association, U.S. wholesale shipments of dash cams are expected to hit 285,000 this year, up 20% from 2017. 

This device is perhaps the most vital piece of technology in recent times that can bridge the gap between receiving justice when an individual has been injured in a traffic accident, whether that individual is a victim or a witness. 

In a court of law, if a picture is worth a thousand words then a video recording is worth ten-thousand.

Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents

  • Driver fatigue

According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and that number is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B. 

  • Drug and alcohol use

Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.

  • Texting and driving

The likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t. 

Other common causes: 

  • Overweight freight loads
  • Improper vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Cargo security
  • Poor road conditions and infrastructure

Road Fatality Prevention Measures

Road accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are only expected to increase. While it can be difficult to prevent human errors that cause 18-wheeler accidents, there are measures that can be taken to subdue the number of fatalities that are expected to occur in the future:

  • Drivers must adhere to limited work hours regulations, such as the 11-hour driving limit and 60-hour weekly duty limit. If the demand for new truck drivers is to be met, life on the road must be improved with shorter work hours and more time to rest.
  • Practice safe driving, for both truckers and passenger vehicles.
    • No tailgating, use turn signals, minimize lane changing, stay out of blind spots, use caution in work zones and in inclement weather, and apply breaks early.
  • Logistics professionals must be cognizant of safety measures such as land transportation safety policies, routine commercial vehicle inspections, and proper freight load management that would further reduce drivers’ exposure to fatal road hazards.

Get the Justice You Deserve

Road fatalities and injuries involving 18-wheelers are serious realities for both big rig operators and regular vehicle passengers. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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