Accidents involving semi-trucks are some of the most severe because of the sheer size and velocity of the vehicles. The resulting injuries tend to be more serious than in other automobile accidents—sometimes they are even fatal. Last week we mentioned an Eagle Ford Shale motorist who was wary of the increased number of 18-wheeler accidents. He stated that he does anything he can to steer clear of semi-trucks on the roads and gives up the right of way even when it is clearly his. While this may seem extreme to some, a recent accident in Smith County is a sobering reminder that truck drivers aren’t always as attentive as they should be.
The driver of a Mack truck in Smith County ‘failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign,’ according to the accident report. The truck entered the intersection and collided with another truck hauling logs. That 18-wheeler got stuck underneath the trailer of the Mack truck. The impact of the crash caused the Mack truck to roll off of the road. Emergency responders closed the highway while they cleaned up the fatal afternoon truck accident; the driver of the logging truck was killed. It is unknown if authorities will file charges.
Even if no criminal charges are filed, surviving family members of the decedent may want to consider filing a lawsuit in civil court. They could be awarded monetary damages to pay for loss of income, funeral expenses and mental anguish. Others who have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident may also want to consider taking legal action.
Source: ketknbc.com, “ETX logging truck driver killed in Friday wreck identified,” KETK Staff, Dec. 27, 2013