Earlier this month in Cedar Creek, a six-vehicle accident on Texas 21 caused the highway to be shut down for four hours while emergency crews cleared the scene. According to a report by the Austin American Statesman, the accident occurred near FM 535 and involved two semi-trucks and four cars. Apparently, a semi-truck collided into the rear of a pick-up truck that was towing a camper trailer and was stopped waiting to make a turn off the highway into a private residence.
Once the pick-up was rear-ended, it was sent into the oncoming lane of traffic and was struck by another semi-truck carrying lumber. The lumber came loose and ended up on all over the highway, damaging a number of other vehicles. One driver had to be cut out from his vehicle. Another driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. All other injuries were minor.
Truckers and Negligent Driving
Police have not determined who was a fault in the accident above. However, it is entirely possible that the truck driver who slammed into the rear of the pick-up was distracted and did not see the pick-up stopped on the highway. This would be a classic example of distracted driving; how else could a driver fail to see a pick-up truck towing a camper stopped in the middle of the road?
Many truck drivers enjoy a reputation as “professional drivers,” and many of them are safe about it. However, that is not always the case. In some cases, truck drivers operate their giant vehicles under extreme fatigue or carry loads that are too heavy or unbalanced. In these cases, the driver is knowingly increasing the chance of getting into an accident, especially when operating the truck at high speeds on the highway.
Negligent Driving Gives Rise to Liability
Taking one’s attention off the road and diverting it to something else while driving is negligent. When a truck driver causes an accident because he or she was not paying attention to the road, the laws of Texas allow the victim of that accident to recover monetary damages from the truck driver, and potentially the trucking company, and/or the company’s insurance company as well. To find out more, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.
What To Do if You Have Been Involved in a Texas Truck Accident
If you have recently been involved in a Texas semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation, depending on the specific facts of your case. To find out more about the negligence laws in Texas, and to see if your case may make you eligible for a large recover amount, consult with an experienced Fort Worth truck accident attorney, today. At the Law Offices of William K. Berenson, the firm’s founder, Bill Berenson, has over 30 years of experience defending the rights of injured Texans. As a certified Board Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law, Bill Berenson knows what it takes to represent an accident victim successfully, from beginning to end. Click here or call 877-885-8000 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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