Trucking Accidents

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The trucking industry plays a major role in the economy of Texas and the United States. Trucks in America are responsible for the majority of freight movement over land, and are vital tools in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing industries.

18-Wheelers are large trucks used in the trucking industry. They are also often referred to as tractor trailers, big rigs and semis. 18-Wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be up to 80 feet long. An 18-Wheeler’s engine is up to 6 times larger than a car engine and an 18-Wheeler needs 40% more time to stop than a car.

Truck drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires extra education and training beyond that required to operate a passenger car.