2022: Over 700 Fatal 18-Wheeler Accidents in Texas
In 2022, Texas reported 716 fatal 18-wheeler crashes, with factors such as fatigue and speeding. Read on to learn more.
We all know of a loved one or friend who was tragically injured or killed as a result of an 18-wheeler accident. Texas alone has over 3,000 miles of interstate highways running in all different directions throughout the state. Anybody who has ever traveled through Texas knows that these interstate highway systems are traversed day and night by 18-wheelers which on average weigh between 35,000 to 80,000 pounds. Unfortunately, the total number of fatal crashes continues to increase over the years.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), more than 716 people were killed as a result of 18-wheeler crashes that occurred on Texas roadways during 2022. Some of the counties that saw the highest number of fatal crashes are:
- Dallas County – 52 (a significant increase of 14 fatal crashes from 2021)
- Harris County – 47
- Bexar County – 20
- Travis County 15
- Midland County – 12
- El Paso County - 8
- Ector County – 5
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2007, a few of the top 10 factors for 18-wheeler crashes were:
- Brake problems
- Prescription drug use
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
- Inadequate surveillance
Sixteen years later, these factors continue to contribute to the rising number of tragic and fatal trucking accidents found on Texas roadways each day.
Compensation to Victims Injured In An 18-Wheeler Accident
Victims (including family members of victims) of 18-wheeler accidents in Texas are allowed to recover economic and non-economic damages from negligent drivers and the companies who employed the negligent driver at the time of the incident.
Economic damages generally consist of past and future medical expenses, lost wages in the past and loss of earning capacity in the future, and repairs for property damage. While some of these damages are easy to calculate (e.g., past medical expenses), others are not so easy to calculate. When applicable, Daws & Associates, PLLC hires experts who can provide the judge or jury with reports to help calculate certain damages (e.g., a life care planner who provides estimated costs of future medical treatment).
Non-economic damages—e.g., pain and suffering, mental anguish, or loss of consortium—are generally not based on a calculation of tangible numbers. Instead, these damages are largely supported by the facts of the case, evidence obtained during discovery (including testimony of the witnesses), and other relevant factors.
What Should I Do If I Was Seriously Injured in a Trucking Accident?
If you or a loved one was injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced Houston truck accident lawyers at (832) 644-2777 for a free, confidential consultation regarding your trucking accident today.