It’s every driver’s nightmare: the lives of a young family were threatened when a semi-truck encroached into their lane and forced them off the road. According to a report by NBC DFW, the accident occurred on a curve on Cahoba Drive in Marion Sansom Park near Lake Worth.
As the family was coming around the curve in their pick-up truck, an 18 wheeler suddenly appeared coming the other direction. The truck drove into the pick-up truck’s lane and forced the driver to make a split-second decision to either crash into the semi-truck or drive off the road.
The driver of the pick-up, who was pregnant at the time of the accident, explained how she feared for the life of her family as she rounded the corner only to see a semi-truck in her lane. She explains how she opted to veer off the road instead of into the approaching semi-truck: “Where he would have banked the corner, we had to go straight from hitting him head-on.”
The pick-up truck rolled onto its side and became wedged between two cement walls. Miraculously, all five occupants of the truck, including a four-year-old and an eight-month-old, all survived without serious injuries.
The driver of the truck stopped and called 911, making sure that the family was all right before leaving the scene. Police have not yet determined if the driver of the semi-truck will face any criminal charges for his role in the accident.
Small Roads and Big Trucks Don’t Mix
If you have ever driven on a small two-lane road with semi-trucks, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. It seems that they are constantly in your lane or about to cross into your lane. It requires that you pay especially close attention to the road. However, more often than not, the truck drivers are not as close as we feel that they are, and it is our own reaction that is the real danger.
Sometimes, however, trucks do physically cross into other lanes when they are on small roads, thinking that no one is coming. This is both dangerous and irresponsible, since all the truck driver needs to do to avoid crossing into the lane of oncoming traffic is to slow down a bit.
When truck drivers cut corners–literally–with other motorists’ safety, they are being negligent. If such negligence results in an accident, they can be held liable for the injuries suffered by any of the accident victims involved.
Have You Been Involved in a Texas Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Texas semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the truck driver’s negligence. However, the trucking company will likely fight your claim to avoid paying it. Make sure that you don’t squander your only chance to bring a claim, Consult with an experienced attorney before filing your case. Click here, or call 817-885-8000 or toll-free at 1-888-801-8585 to schedule a free consultation with a top-rated Texas truck accident attorney.
Texas DPS Cracks Down on Unsafe 18 Wheel Trucks, July 23, 2014.
18 Wheeler Wreck Kills Driver in Fort Worth, June 27, 2014.