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School Bus Scofflaws

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 3, 2017

School buses carry our most precious cargo. It seems unnecessary to state that these mass transport vehicles filled with children should be held to a high safety standard, and that drivers need to follow the rules of the road.

But many bus drivers do not. Read the rest »

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

Increase in Dallas County School Bus Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 25, 2017

School bus drivers are held to heightened standards. They are required to deliver students on time 95% of the time while being expected to adhere strictly to all the rules of the road.

How can a school bus driver maintain safety as a top priority, when school boards focus on timeliness? How, indeed. A 103% increase in school bus crashes involving Dallas County Schools (DCS) is a very alarming sign. Read the rest »

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

Tesla Model S P85D Forces Consumer Reports to Rethink Its Ratings System

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 14, 2015

Texas DriversThe Tesla Model S P85D recently earned 103 points out of a possible 100 from products rating magazine Consumer Reports, the magazine recently announced.

The high score beats the 99 of 100 points earned by the Model S a few years ago. And it has prompted Consumer Reports to recalibrate its road-test ratings system with the all-wheel-drive electric car as its standard. The high score was based on the P85D’s braking and handling, which Consumer Reports described as “better” than those on the standard Model S, and the fact that the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds – and do so in complete silence due to the electric engine. Read the rest »

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

Smartphone App Places Truck and Bus Safety Data at Your Fingertips

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 15, 2015

Vehicle Accident LawyerThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released a Smartphone app that will let the public see updated safety information on interstate trucking and bus companies.

The app is called “QCMobile.” “QC” stands for “Query Central.” The purpose of the app is to make it easy for drivers, passengers, law enforcement officials, insurers, brokers, and other interested individuals to access information on truck and bus company registration and safety performance.

The app collects and summarizes data from several sources currently compiled by the FMCSA. It also allows users to access detailed information from the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, which collects and tracks data in seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement categories. Read the rest »

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

Trucker Browsing Facebook on Phone Causes Fatal Accident

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 5, 2013

18-wheeler-on-highwy-wt-johnsonOn May 6th of this year, several emergency medical officials were responding to a car accident on Interstate 8 in Arizona. The scene’s response team had been wrapping up the rescue operation when another emergency struck. A paramedic on the scene reported that he had just put the last victim in the ambulance when 33-year-old Juan Espinoza’s fuel tanker rammed into the parked emergency response vehicles. He struck three police cars and two fire trucks before he rolled to a stop. Witnesses say that an officer had seen the trucker barreling down the highway at 65 mph and began waving his hands at Espinoza for him to slow down. He didn’t see the officer or the emergency vehicles and the officer jumped out of the way just in time before the impact. Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer, Tim Huffman died from injuries sustained from the impact.

Right before the crash, footage from the dashboard camera monitoring Espinoza in the cab reveals the reason for the incident. Espinoza is mostly blocked out of view in the video and it is believed that he strategically placed his wallet in front of the camera to hide his cell phone use. Just prior to the impact, his head was looking down, and upon impact his phone can be seen flying out of his hands. Distracted by Facebook, the investigation revealed that he was skimming through photos of scantily clad women when he caused the fatal accident. Espinoza has been charged with 20 felonies including 2nd degree murder of Tim Huffman. He is currently out on $200,000 bond and is due back in court in December for sentencing.

Unfortunately, some 18-wheeler drivers are not fit for the position, thus putting other drivers’ lives at risk everyday. If you or someone you know has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, please contact the Dallas truck wreck attorneys at W.T. Johnson for immediate legal counsel.

The Danger of Jackknife Truck Crashes in Texas

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 6, 2013

When a tractor trailer jackknifes, the trailer will fold into the vehicle, forming an acute angle with the tractor. Jackknife truck accidents are extremely dangerous to the driver and to anyone near the out-of-control vehicle. It’s common for these types of truck crashes to result in serious injuries and death. Jackknife accidents can result in a rollover, a runaway trailer or an underride collision with another.

When a tractor begins to skid, the trailer may begin to push the tractor from behind. A jackknife accident occurs if the trailer then swings out and forward while pulling the tractor backward and to the side. This is extremely dangerous for any vehicles that are around the truck as it skids, and once stopped, the jackknifed tractor trailer can still pose a risk to other vehicles. Vehicles that can’t stop in time may crash into the jackknifed truck, resulting in a devastating collision.

Trucks are typically on fast-moving highways where there is little time to avoid a stopped vehicle. If a truck crashes through a center median or veers into oncoming traffic, cars traveling in both directions to be involved in the truck accident.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a jackknife accident, including:

  • icy and slippery conditions
  • excessive speed on curves
  • faulty brakes
  • defective equipment
  • improperly loaded trailers

It is important to determine how the crash occurred when determining liability. Potentially liable parties include the truck driver, the trucking company, the company responsible for loading the trailer or the truck parts manufacturer.

If you were the victim of a Texas truck accident, the reputed personal injury attorneys at Law Offices of W.T. Johnson can help you get fair compensation for your losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, please contact our offices for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

18-Wheeler Truck Accident on I-35 Kills Driver

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 13, 2012

This weekend a truck accident on Interstate 35 killed the driver when the tractor-trailer slammed into a bridge support in Lorena.

The 18-wheeler accident occurred at 4 a.m. when the southbound tractor-trailer crashed into a bridge pillar, which moved the concrete support off its base. A large crane was used to pull the truck and trailer up the embankment and off the roadway so crews could clear debris.

Witnesses driving behind the truck said it started swerving about a mile before hitting the bridge. The truck was hauling dry goods, and there was no fire involved in the crash. The truck accident resulted in the southbound interstate at mile marker 322 being closed where the road crossed the interstate. Traffic was backed up for more than three miles at one point.

The truck driver was Hugh Newbury of San Antonio, and he would have turned 53-years-old this week. He died from injuries suffered from the truck accident.

In 2010 over 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicles were involved in truck accidents in the U.S. Over 100,000 people sustained serious injuries, and over 5,000 people died in these crashes. This was compared to only 3,200 deaths involving large trucks in 2009, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

If you were the victim of a truck accident, you don’t have to suffer the emotional trauma and financial loss due to medical bills and missed work any longer. Contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today to get the justice you deserve.

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

Twenty Percent of Commercial Vehicles Fail Safety Standards

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 3, 2012

Commercial vehicles are some of the most troubling roadway hazards–and according to a recently released report, they may be only getting more dangerous. Thousands of buses and trucks were taken off the road in 2010 due to faulty brakes, tire problems, and broken lights.

In 2010, about 16% of car crash fatalities involved a commercial vehicle. Additionally, this year, the Texas Department of Public Safety pulled one in five inspected 18-whelelers off the road because they didn’t meet safety standards. In total, 66,189 vehicles were deemed unsafe, along with 12,000 drivers who were removed from the roads for other violations. Logging hours incorrectly is one of the most common safety issues with commercial truckers.

The combination of overworked drivers and unsafe vehicles has resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries in Texas alone. If you have been injured in a commercial vehicle wreck, contact W. T. Johnson today.

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

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