Mid-Year Review: Protecting Your Rights After a Houston Truck Accident
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we regularly post articles to our blog that provide important information for truck accident victims and their families. Our lawyers represent truck accident victims in the Houston, TX area and nationwide, and we believe it is important for victims to have access to the resources they need to make informed decisions about protecting their legal rights.
So far in 2016, we have already published numerous posts covering 18-wheeler accidents, truck driver mistakes and trucking accident injuries. Here is a list of some of our top articles from the first six months of the year:
Top Trucking Accident Articles of 2016
1. Houston’s String of Deadly Truck Accidents Continues
We began the year with an article discussing truck accident statistics and reporting on a string of deadly truck accidents across the Houston region. We also took time to reflect on the 40-year anniversary of one of Houston’s worst fatal truck accidents.
2. Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
In Causes of Semi Truck Accidents, we discussed four common issues that regularly lead to dangerous collisions: truck driver error, tire blowouts, equipment failures and cargo issues. The article also links to a post from 2015 in which we covered additional common causes as well.
3. Are 18-Wheelers Required to Have Insurance?
Our article, Are 18-Wheelers Required to Have Insurance? Minimum Insurance Requirements, outlines the federally-mandated minimum insurance policies for different types of commercial vehicles. Trucking accident claims frequently result in insurance settlements, so these mandates are critical for accident victims seeking just compensation.
4. Jackknife Accidents: What Went Wrong?
Jackknife Accidents: What Went Wrong? discusses the key factors involved in these extremely dangerous collisions. Learn about common causes and some important steps you can take after a jackknife accident to protect your legal rights.
5. FMCA Commercial License Standards
The Federal Motor Carrier Act (FMCA) imposes a number of requirements for truck drivers and trucking companies. In April, we provided an in-depth overview of the FMCA’s commercial license standards and highlighted the risks that can arise when trucking companies hire unlicensed drivers.
6. Hours of Service Rules and Adverse Driving Conditions
Another federal statute, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) imposes additional safety requirements across the trucking industry. In a five-part series, we explained some key aspects of the FMCSA that are designed to protect everyday drivers and passengers from the dangers that arise when truck drivers spend too much time behind the wheel:
- Part 1 – Hours of Service Rules
- Part 2 – Adverse Driving Conditions
- Part 3 – Maximum Truck Driving Time
- Part 4 – Maximum Driving Time for Trucks Carrying Passengers
- Part 5 – Driver’s Record Requirements
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in a commercial trucking accident, we encourage you to review these resources and contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about enforcing your right to just compensation.
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