On Wednesday, March 6, at approximately 4:40 am, an 18-wheeler accident caused lane closures on the highway in Sugarland.
The 18-wheeler was traveling along Highway 59 near Sweetwater Boulevard when the accident occurred. A spillage of hazardous materials caused major delays for commuters.
One person was carried off by LifeFlight. The individual suffered head injuries, none of which were life-threatening.
The northbound lanes reopened later in the day. A police investigation into the cause of the collision is still underway.
Fatal Collision Truck Accident Statistics
The U.S. Department of Transportation provides information regarding fatal highway accidents from 1975 through 2016. The findings are as follows:
- In 2016, there was a total of 4,317 fatalities in large truck accidents.
- 145,000 individuals faced injuries in large truck crashes in 2016.
Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation regarding Texas collisions, including those of large trucks, show:
- In 2017, there were 24,784 semi/ tractor trucks involved in collisions.
- There were 433 fatal crashes involving semi/tractor trucks in 2017.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act
Laws regarding how long a commercial truck driver may operate, details on HAZMAT safety, weight restrictions, and insurance types required for certain vehicles are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The FMCSA has set a limit on the number of consecutive hours of a driver may operate their vehicle. A commercial driver may only drive their vehicle for 11 consecutive hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
Violation of this rule results in an $11,000 fine if the driver exceeds 3 hours of operation beyond the 11-hour driving limit. Drivers may only work 14 hours in a single day if 3 of those hours are non-driving related tasks.
Local City Ordinances
Every city may have its own specific ordinances on how commercial vehicles may travel along their roads and highways. As per Chapter 45 of Houston’s Code of Ordinances, there are regulations in place regarding the transportation of hazardous materials, vehicle weight limits, restricted access lanes, and many others in order to protect the drivers of the city.
Ignoring any of these ordinances is an act of negligence on behalf of the driver or truck company.
Have you or a loved one suffered injuries and damages as the result of an accident involving a commercial truck?
The Houston truck accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns have years of experience litigating these types of accidents and understand how to help you deal with negligent companies and their shady insurance providers.
Contact Lapeze & Johns today at 713-766-0075 to take action against the commercial truck driver or trucking company that caused your suffering.