Houston Box Truck Accident Lawyers
Serving Clients After Box Truck Accidents Throughout Texas & Nationwide
Truck accidents are extremely common. In fact, the Department of Transportation estimates more than 500,000 truck accidents take place every year and nearly 5,000 people are killed in those accidents. The ones who suffer though are not the truck drivers, 98% of the time it is the drivers of other vehicles who are injured or killed.
What Is a Box Truck?
Box trucks are often used as moving vans and have a roll-up door in the rear. In the U.S., box trucks have different sizes and types, ranging from Class 3 to Class 7—or, in other words, 12,500 to 33,000 lb. Box trucks are unique because of the nature of their use. Since they're often used for one-off needs, they don't require a commercial license to operate. As a result, many box truck accidents are caused by inexperienced drivers who are more accustomed to operating smaller vehicles.
Some common types of accidents box trucks are involved in:
- Rollover Accidents
In a rollover, the box truck tips onto its side or roof. Often box truck drivers don't have enough experience to drive the truck safely, as is the case with renting a U-Haul box truck. Taking a turn at too fast a speed often results in a rollover.
- Accidents Caused by Blind Spots
A blind spot is the area the driver cannot see while inside a vehicle. It is difficult for box truck drivers to see in their rear quarter behind the truck, and often change lanes without knowing they are coming close to hitting another vehicle.