Articles Posted in Fort Worth 18 wheeler accident

TT MaysTrucker Gets 20 Years for Hitting School Bus While Naked Wife in Cab

I am constantly surprised by what some truck drivers do while operating a 40-ton tractor-trailer. As a personal injury lawyer, I have handled many truck crash cases in which the trucker was texting, surfing the net, chatting on the phone, eating lunch, reaching down for a soft drink, and/or not watching the road in front of him.

Yesterday I wrote about a Fort Worth collision I’m filing suit over where the 18 wheeler driver was distracted and slammed into my client’s stopped SUV at 68 MPH.

But a Florida truck driver took distraction to a whole new level.

The 37 year-old truck driver plowed his log-hauling rig into an elementary school bus that had slowed to drop off kids. The driver was so distracted he failed to notice the bright flashing lights and the “stop” arm jutting from the side of the bus. No wonder!

After listening to the heartbreaking testimony of the seven severely injured school children on Wednesday, the judge showed the distracted truck driver no mercy. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2014 crash. Continue reading

 

 

When Will These Safe Trucks Hit Texas Roadways?

Five people died and 12 people were injured in Fort Worth a week ago when a tractor-trailer slammed into a group of good Samaritans assisting the victim of an earlier crash. Skid marks indicated that the truck driver attempted to stop, but was unable to do so in time to avoid the semi collision

This tragic scenario occurs commonly on Texas roadways. A driver falls asleep, becomes distracted or is confronted with an unexpected obstacle and and drivers and occupants of other vehicles don’t stand a chance. But what if instead of relying on the driver to act, the truck itself could identify the danger and respond quickly? 

The Collision Warning/Early Braking system being developed by Volvo Trucks Global makes this possible. The system allows a truck to sense an obstacle and to respond appropriately. The truck brakes on a dime without skidding or making the sorts of erratic moves that a human might make during an emergency. The truck is programed to react correctly, taking human error out of the equation.

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Earlier last month, a semi-truck driver in training was involved in a serious truck accident on Interstate 45 when he lost control of the giant vehicle in the Wilmer-Hutchins area.

According to a report by CBS DFW, the driver was operating an 18-wheeler on the north service road of I-45 when he suddenly and for an unknown reason lost control of the vehicle.

semi-truck-1-232051-m.jpgEvidently, the truck crossed all three lanes of traffic before it crashed into the center median, where it came to a stop. The truck then burst into flames.

Luckily, everyone involved in the accident was able to get out of the truck before they were seriously burned.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. However, several drivers on I-45 southbound did get into accidents due to “rubbernecking” that was occurring as a result of the accident on I-45 northbound.
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report by one local news source, the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the Turnpike.The semi-truck was carrying a directional boring machine, which is a 40,000-pound piece of heavy machinery. Evidently, the load on the semi-truck shifted, which caused the load to fall off the truck and onto the highway. Emergency crews spent hours trying to figure out how to move the giant piece of machinery without causing it–or the semi-truck itself–to fall off the overpass onto the highway below. Eventually, crews secured the truck and its cargo with heavy-duty cables.

Making matters worse, emergency crews later noticed that there had also been a fuel spill caused by the accident. Luckily, no one was injured or killed as a result of the accident. However, traffic was held up for hours. There were even reports of people running out of gas while waiting in traffic for the scene to clear.

Improper Loading Can Cause Accidents

Earlier this month, a tragic accident took the lives of two passengers traveling in a van on Farm to Market Road 917. According to a report by the Crowley Star, the van was heading south on Farm to Market Road 917 at around 7:30 in the evening, preparing to make a left turn into a parking lot when it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer. Police have released a statement that the cause of the accident was the truck driver’s failure to control his speed.

country-sunsets-1358584-m.jpgThe trucking company, 3-Star Daylighting, was apparently involved in another fatal accident last year in Fort Worth that claimed the life of a 14-year-old student at H.F. Stevens Middle School. In that accident, the student was struck by the truck and was not found until several minutes later, after the truck had left the scene. For months police looked for the driver of the truck to no avail until a witnesses video recording provided investigators with the clues they needed to identify the driver.

Once police spoke with the driver, they were convinced that he did not know that he had hit the child, and therefore did not flee intentionally.
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Earlier this month in Plano a semi-truck caught fire and exploded, shutting down the Central Expressway for several hours. The 18 wheeler driver somehow crossed over the median and crashed into an overpass support beam. According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, the semi-truck accident occurred shortly after 6:30 in the morning. The truck was carrying bags of dirt. What could have caused this collision?

bridge-1321250-m.jpgThe driver freed himself from the wreckage just in time to avoid the explosion caused by the rupturing of the semi-truck’s fuel tank. Police have cited the driver of the truck for the failure to control the truck’s speed. It’s truly lucky that noone was hurt. The driver was ticketed on charges of failure to control speed as well has having no permit to operate the truck or the required proof of insurance. It’s the driver’s worst nightmare, isn’t it?

Liability in Speeding Truck Accidents
Semi-truck drivers and the companies they work for can be held liable for the injuries they cause by the negligent operation of their vehicle. This is accomplished by the accident victim bringing a suit based on the legal theories of negligence, negligence per se (as a matter of law), negligent entrustment, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent retention.
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2014-03-30_I30_Crash_001_R.jpgEarlier this month in Grand Prairie, a driver of an SUV named Darrell Juarez was killed in an accident with a semi-truck when the driver collided with the truck that was disabled and legally parked with all required hazard lights and reflective triangles on the shoulder awaiting repair. According to a report by CBS, the accident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday night . According to police records, the driver of the SUV was driving erratically and may have crossed into the shoulder where the semi-truck was parked.

After colliding with the truck, the SUV rolled over and eventually burst into flames. The driver was unable to get out of the car and was badly burned and died. Fortunately the driver of the 18 wheeler was not injured.

At this point, police believe that the driver of the SUV may have been intoxicated, which seems obvious given his driving and the time and day of the needless collision.
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Earlier this week, one truck driver was killed in an accident involving two trucks that occurred in Smith County. According to a report by the local NBC affiliate, one truck was attempting to make a left onto County Road 21 to head south. Another truck on County Road 21 was heading north when it collided with the turning truck, killing the driver. The driver who was killed was driving a logging truck and the other driver was driving a semi truck that was hauling a flatbed trailer.

gasoline-tanker-21066-m.jpgHow a Truck’s Cargo Affects It’s Drivability

If you have ever driven a car full of people, you understand that there is a difference in the control, acceleration, and stopping distance when the car is full of people. This is because the additional weight that the passengers add to the car places a strain on the car’s engine, brakes, tires, and steering mechanisms.

The exact same is true with semi trucks. As a truck is loaded with more and more cargo, the added weight stresses several safety aspects of the vehicles. For example, an over loaded or improperly loaded truck will require a longer distance to come to a complete stop, especially when traveling at highway speeds. In addition, an overloaded truck may also tip over more easily than a driver expects.
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Two drivers that were involved in a near-fatal semi truck accident back in 2012 are experiencing mixed emotions after a jury verdict in their favor. On the one hand, a jury recently awarded the two drivers roughly $9.5 million after hearing their case against a semi truck driver who slammed into the back of their cars while parked at a stoplight. On the other hand, the semi-truck driver, who was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the accident, is still out there on the road because his commercial driver’s license was not revoked.

white-semi-truck-62565-m.jpgAccording to a report by KENS5.com, the lawsuit was filed by two unrelated parties, both of whom were hit by the semi-truck driver in Victoria, Texas, last year. One of the plaintiffs was with his family on their way to a soccer game when the semi-truck crashed into the back of their car; everyone in the family was injured.

This was not the first DWI-related offense that the semi-truck driver was involved in. The attorney for the plaintiffs asked the jury, “Who in the world would let somebody like that drive for you,” referring to A.W. Trucking, the company that had employed the truck driver.
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Being a Fort Worth trucking injury lawyer, I am always looking for data that supports my clients’ cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report recently that listed the number of work-related deaths from 2003 to 2010.

It is well known that more workers are killed on our nation’s highways than anywhere else.

This report further showed that:

More people 65 years and older were killed than anyone else — at a rate of about three times more than those 18-54.
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