Many View Dirt Haulers are Dangerous Hazards on Texas Streets and Highways
Not to belabor the point, but over the years, dump trucks and gravel haulers have been responsible for a large percentage of big commercial trucking accidents. There are several reasons for that.
Other than general traffic laws, there is very little oversight in this industry because it is not considered interstate commerce. Rarely do loads of earth cross state lines. So that leaves it to individual states themselves to monitor and administer any laws passed by states to govern earth haulers. And in Texas, such laws are virtually non-existent. Secondly, dump trucks and gravel haulers are near the bottom of the “trucking food chain.” Being a driver of such a rig is not what many consider to be a “plumb” job. And because of this, the earth hauling industry is often either the last stop for drivers who can’t find work in the over-the-road trucking industry (or have been run-off because they have a penchant for wrecks), or the first stop for those with little experience.
The trucks themselves are generally not in the best of shape either. Earthmoving contractors are in a very low profit-to-return industry. And since these rigs can cost as much as $125 thousand dollars second-hand (and twice that amount if new) it takes many years of hauling dirt and gravel to-and-from job sites. Maintaining these rigs is expensive. So that is done as-absolutely necessary rather than on any preventative scale. And finally, since in the construction business time is money, the rigs are overworked and the drivers are underpaid. They have to meet brutal and uncaring schedules; often with more than one driver keeping the rig going (and earning) 24 hours a day.
So when you add all of this up, does it really surprise you that large dump trucks and gravel haulers are viewed by the public-at-large to be dangerous, road-hogging, always in-a-hurry nuisance? But we have one final fact to share if you need even more convincing. A higher-than-normal number of large earth-moving trucks are underinsured (if they have liability insurance) or self-insured. So when one of them hits you and your innocent family, winning compensation is probably going to be very difficult. And all of this should reinforce the real need for an experienced trucking wreck attorney to assist your quest for rightful compensation when someone causes a needless, negligent wreck.
Our Law Firm has decades of experience handling personal injury litigation in dump truck and gravel hauler accident cases. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by one of these road monsters, our expertise significantly increases your odds to receive the fairest compensation possible for the injuries and pain you have suffered. We’ve helped deliver millions of dollars to hundreds of accident victims in Texas. So if you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident anywhere in Texas, our experienced accident lawyers can win the best compensation possible for you.
Call us today at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation to begin your road to total recovery so you and your family can resume your life.