If you are like most people who live in Texas, you find yourself next to semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles while on the road on a relatively regular basis. These big rigs are essential for many things as they transport the goods people need to use and purchase for both consumers and businesses alike. However, these vehicles can also pose serious risks to other motorists if they are involved in accidents.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 91 more people were killed in large truck accidents in Texas in 2017 than the year before. In 2016, 558 lives were lost in these collisions statewide. In 2017, 649 truck crash fatalities were recorded in Texas.
In Harris County, an up and down trend can be seen in the number of truck accident deaths over the past five years. In 2013, 26 deaths occurred followed by a jump to 37 deaths in 2014. The next two years saw a slight decrease first to 27 and then to 26 fatalities. Unfortunately, in 2017, 47 people died in crashes involving large trucks in Harris County. Neighboring counties appear to also be struggling with the dangers commercial vehicles bring to area roads. Between 2013 and 2017, there were 156 truck accident deaths across Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties.
If you would like to learn more about how to get help after you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a large truck, please feel free to visit the semi-truck crash assistance page of our Texas personal injury and truck accident website.