18 Wheeler Truck Safety Issues
Public Safety & Awareness
OCTOBER 7, 2004 PRESS RELEASE: Lawmaker
Takes Aim at Health & Eyesight Standards for Drivers
of 18-Wheelers in Texas
tanks that explode on impact. Seat belts that break open
during a crash. Unsafe vehicle designs that lead to injuries
and even death. Over 5,000 death's in Texas alone - have
been caused by collisions with 18-wheeler trucks. Through
our cases and support of nonprofit groups, Perry & Haas works to remove unsafe vehicles from our streets
Everyday, more than 555,000 18-wheelers travel our
highways bringing goods from all over the world. They
also bring something else - death and injury. More
than 5,000 deaths and 125,000 injuries in the US are
caused annually by collisions with these trucks.
In 1998, Texas led the nation in these frightening
statistics: 477 deaths and more than 12,000 people
injured in collisions with large trucks; 93 truck-drivers
killed on the job; and 56 children under 18 years old
were killed as a result of collisions with large trucks.
Truck-driver fatigue has been cited as a probable
factor in up to 40 percent of these crashes. Yet, one
of the top priorities of the trucking industry has
been to actually increase the number of hours truckers
are allowed to drive. Perry & Haas is working
to make sure just the opposite happens - limit behind-the-wheel
hours, increase rest time between shifts, create tougher
requirements for safer trucks, have better pay and
training for drivers, and require more inspections
for both the trucks and drivers.
Perry & Haas is working to make highways safer.
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Our web site describes some of the cases that the attorneys of Perry & Haas have worked on in the past.
Our description of those cases is summary in nature.
You should be aware that the results obtained in each of the cases we have
worked on was dependent on the particular facts of each case. The results of
other cases will differ based on the different facts involved.