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Know whom may be liable following a truck accident in Texas

Any motor vehicle accident in Texas can be devastating, especially those in which a large truck is involved. At Grimes & Fertitta, P.C., we understand the significant damage that results from a negligent truck driver, trucking company or defective vehicle. It is important to know whom you may hold liable following such an incident.

What are Texas’ distracted driving laws?

Nearly every state across the country has enacted some sort of blanket handheld device ban. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Texas currently does not have any law against distracted driving for all drivers. However, dozens of cities have prohibited texting while driving, though Houston has yet to enact such a ban.

Preventing pedestrian accidents in Texas

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2012, the year for which the most recent data is available, more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Our team at Grimes & Fertitta, P.C., has seen the devastating effects that a car vs. pedestrian incident can have. In the Department of Transportation report, Texas was the state with the second highest amount of such fatalities. With that in mind, we urge motorists and those on foot to follow the proper precautions to prevent an accident.

Many fatal traffic accidents result from insomniac drivers

At Grimes and Fertitta, we have helped many families deal with the sudden death of a loved one through a fatal traffic accident. As such, we understand how difficult it can be to come to terms with such losses. In many cases, a big part of these families’ healing processes is uncovering why the accident occurred.

What are the Hours of Service rules for truck drivers?

Many Houston businesses rely on commercial trucks to transport products across state lines. Often, the companies which employ these truckers are required to comply with federal Hours of Service Regulations. These administrative rules are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. According to the FMCSA's About Us section, one of the agency’s primary duties is to create and enforce commercial motor vehicle safety regulations throughout the country.

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