A semi-truck carrying lumber was involved in a collision that left it hanging over Seagonville Bridge erlier this month on the border of Dallas and Kaufman Counties, According to a report by My Fox DFW, the accident occurred around 10:00 in the morning on Highway 175.
Evidently, the truck suffered a blown tire and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck eventually crashed into the guardrail on the side of the bridge and caught fire. The truck was hanging with half of the vehicle on the bridge and the other half off it. The truck’s load of lumber was dumped far below.
Luckily, no other vehicles were involved in the accident, and the driver of the truck was able to escape with only minor injuries. Police have determined that the cause of the accident was the tire blowout that resulted in the driver’s loss of control.
Equipment Defects and Maintenance Issues in Trucks
Not all accidents are the fault of the driver. In some cases, it is the person and company who is responsible for maintaining or servicing a vehicle who is at fault for an accident. In other cases, it may be the manufacturer of a faulty part or the driver who is responsible for maintaining his or her rig.
The bottom line is that there may be several responsible parties when a serious or fatal truck accident occurs. It is up to an experienced attorney to identify all parties involved and help the accident victim recover from those at fault.
We just participated in an extensive investigation into what caused the truck discussed in the first blog below crash into several vehicles on Interstate 35, killing one man and seriously injuring another.
Tire Blow Outs on Semi-Trucks
Semi-trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds when loaded with cargo. This can sometimes be too much for old tires to handle and occasionally they blow out. Normally, because semi-trucks have so many tires, a blow out doesn’t result in the driver of the truck losing control. However, under some conditions it may.
A semi-truck tire blowout can be caused by several different things, such as a worn tire, improperly inflated tires, improperly installed tires, improperly loaded cargo, or driving with too much weight on the tire. In each of these cases, there is one party who had the opportunity to remedy the situation before it turned into an accident. That is the party who is likely at fault.
Have You Been Involved in a North Texas Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Texas truck accident, you should speak with attorney Bill Berenson about the prospect of bringing a suit against the responsible party. It does not matter if you do not know up front who is responsible. It is your attorney’s job to determine who is responsible after he conducts an investigation into your case. To learn more about the laws in Texas that permit accident victims to recover financially after an accident, click here or call 817-885-8000 to schedule your free initial consultation with attorney Bill Berenson. He has over 34 years of experience litigating personal injury claims, including truck collision cases.
Texas DPS Cracks Down on Unsafe 18 Wheel Trucks, July 23, 2014.
18 Wheeler Wreck Kills Driver in Fort Worth, June 27, 2014.