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  • Truck Driver DUI: The True Scope of the Problem

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-May-2017

    Drunk driving continues to be a major problem in general, amongst drivers of all ages and vehicle types, but it can be especially dangerous when that vehicle is a commercial truck. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2013, there were 464 fatal truck accidents in the state, with 355 of them in rural areas and 109 in urban areas. Nationwide, the fatality number is even more ...
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  • Overloaded and Improperly Loaded Big Rigs

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 22-Sep-2016

    Because of regulations controlled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial trucks must abide by a specific weight limit. Additionally, the trailer must be properly loaded so the weight is distributed evenly. Unfortunately, there are times when big rigs are overloaded or improperly loaded, both of which can potentially cause a serious collision on the road. Overloaded ...
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  • How Big a Problem Is Fatigue in the Trucking Industry?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Aug-2016

    You may have seen news before regarding crashes involving large commercial vehicles. They are often associated with individuals sustaining serious injuries or even causing fatalities as a result. What isn’t often known by people watching the news is the exact cause of the collision. While there are a number of causes, one of the main potential causes is driver fatigue. Did you know, though, ...
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  • Why Some Truck Drivers Rely on Drugs or Alcohol

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-May-2016

    A recent study released by the State University of Londrina, Brazil, examined the substance abuse of truck drivers from countries around the world. America, with its massive amounts of land freight moved annually (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 11 billion tons of freight are transported via commercial trucks each year), figured prominently in the study, ...
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  • Do Commercial Trucks and Buses Have Separate Texting Rules?

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 9-Jul-2015

    Texas has no single law barring the use of cellphones in vehicles, although many communities prohibit texting while driving. Austin was the first city in our state to pass a no texting ordinance in 2009 and dozens of cities have followed suit. Interstate truck and bus drivers are bound by cellphone and texting rules created by federal agencies and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...
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  • Man Dies in Crash with 18-Wheeler

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 4-May-2015

    A fiery crash has claimed the life of a 39-year-old Central Texas man. The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Texas Highway 7. The victim was driving his pickup truck on the northbound lane of Highway 77 when he came to the intersection where the 18-wheeler was loaded with kerosene and traveling west on Highway 7. Rain had caused the highways to become wet, and the ...
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  • Texas Man Dies After Truck Runs Red Light

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 1-May-2015

    A sergeant from the Waco Police Department said that witnesses reported seeing the driver of a Ford pickup truck go through a red light on North 26th Street before crashing into a Mitsubishi SUV that was heading southbound on Bosque Boulevard. The collision that occurred on April 20 caused the Mitsubishi to roll over. Emergency responders transported the 62-year-old male driver of the Mitsubishi ...
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  • Woman Killed in Accident with Freightliner

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 17-Mar-2015

    Law enforcement authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a 39-year-old Orange woman was killed in an accident with a Freightliner in Orange County. The accident reportedly occurred on March 9 on Highway 62. Reportedly, a 45-year-old truck driver attempted to turn left out of a gas station parking lot onto the highway just south of I-10. When he did so, he reportedly ...
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  • 1 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash Involving 2 Semi-Trucks

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 23-Sep-2014

    According to Bastrop County authorities, a 70-year-old Austin woman was killed on U.S. 290 around 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Paige, Texas. A semi-truck was carrying a load of rocks and traveling east when its driver lost control after braking to avoid hitting another semitrailer that was in front of it and waiting to turn. The truck carrying the rocks crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic, ...
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  • Texas Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills Truck Driver

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 5-Aug-2014

    A 51-year-old man was killed in an Austin collision involving two tractor-trailers on July 30. The man, who was driving one of the trucks involved in the tractor-trailer accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after his vehicle's cab was crushed. The deceased man was driving a blue 2006 Volvo truck hauling two enclosed trailers in the 12100 block of southbound Interstate 35 ...
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  • Man Killed by Truck's Drilling Rig During Tire Change

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 27-Jun-2014

    On June 20, a routine tire change on a triple axle truck heading southbound on the Dallas North Tollway caused an accident involving a 70-year-old driver. The driver of the truck was not injured. When he noticed that one of his tires had gone flat, the driver of the triple axle truck pulled into the left lane to perform a routine tire change. There was a drilling rig mounted on the bed of the ...
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  • Texas Residents File Claim After Semi-Truck Accident

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 1-Oct-2013

    In August 2012, four residents of Harris County were traveling east through Louisiana on Interstate 10 outside of Acadia Parish when an 18-wheeler truck rear-ended their vehicle. Since then, Louisiana police have reportedly determined that the truck driver was operating his vehicle in a careless and unsafe manner. The four victims recently brought suit against the negligent truck driver and the ...
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  • New Rules Designed to Reduce Truck Accidents

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 10-Jul-2013

    Texas drivers may be interested to learn about new rules passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that are designed to make the roads safer. According to the Department of Transportation, as many as 4,000 people die in bus or truck crashes in America each year. Approximately 13 percent of those accidents are caused by truck driver fatigue. First, any driver who is operating a ...
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