Ask any Texas Department of Transportation worker and they'll likely tell you about a variety of items that they've had to remove from the highway. If asked, a Department of Public Safety officer will likely tell you how many of them have caused motor vehicle accidents. If you've been injured by flying debris or by something that was left in the roadway after falling off a truck, then you may be wondering who you can hold liable for paying your bills.
On Nov. 19, officers with the Waco Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of South Third Street at South University Parks Drive just after 1:45 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found that a 22-year-old Texas State Technical College student who had been riding in one of the vehicles involved in the crash had been killed.
All motor vehicle crashes between trucks and smaller vehicles carry significant injury risks. This is so in truck accidents involving utility trucks, work vans and construction vehicles. However, of all the different types of trucks involved in these accidents, tractor-trailers typically pose the most injury hazards to Texas motorists.
As you may know, workers' compensation insurance is not a mandatory requirement in the state of Texas. Fortunately for workers, many businesses in the state choose to provide this important coverage for their workforce anyway. In a nutshell, workers' compensation will step in to cover medical expenses and replace a portion of the employee's lost wages if an accident occurs and takes the worker away from his or her job.
Drug use can and does lead to car accidents every day in the United States. Professional drivers, like semi-truck drivers, know the risks well. Even so, many of them do use alcohol and other drugs while they're behind the wheel. These can lead to devastating accidents when an impaired driver is at the controls of an 80,000-pound vehicle.
Getting behind the wheel is a dangerous task. With so many vehicles on the roads of Texas, there are bound to be a large volume of accidents. Many of those accidents involve trucks. Large trucks, like tractor-trailers, are involved in some of the most tragic accidents. Today, we will take a look at the most common truck accidents and how you can avoid them.
If you suffer from an illness or an injury that is related to your job, your workers' compensation payments may include Temporary Income Benefits. These are often simply referred to as TIBs.
The trucking industry can be dangerous, and drivers are employees. As such, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that truckers who are simply trying to work safely and without injury cannot be fired or retaliated against as a result.
It's crucial for truckers, regardless of their level of experience or their driving records, to understand their workers' comp rights.
In some ways, you may assume that a semi truck driver has an incredibly good view of the road. He or she is far higher than all other vehicles, so it's harder to have that view blocked. The side mirrors on a semi are also far larger and more versatile than those on a minivan or a passenger car.