A tragic accident occurred this last week in Royce City, Texas which left a semi truck driver dead and several other individuals injured. According to authorities, the semi truck accident occurred at the 75 mile marker in the westbound IH30 slow lane. In total, three vehicles were involved in the accident: two semi trucks and a passenger vehicle.
Understanding the Details of the 18 Wheeler Accident
At the time of the accident, traffic was already moving slower due to a previous accident. One of the two semi trucks involved in the accident was unable to slow down and read ender the other 18 wheeler, causing serious damage to both vehicles. The driver who was unable to slow his vehicle ultimately lost his life.
Of the remaining vehicles, the driver of the rear-ended vehicle was not injured. The individuals in the passenger vehicle which was also damaged were transported to the hospital for injuries. Police are still investing the cause of this particular incident.
18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys Who Stand Up For You
Rachel Montes helps individuals who have been injured in car accidents across Texas and New Mexico. If you have been injured in an accident with an 18 wheeler, contact Rachel Montes today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.
18 wheeler accidents and semi-truck accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of drivers and their passengers. Although semi-trucks are all around us on highways across America every day, very few drivers stop to think about practical safety measures they can take to ensure that they don’t increase the risk of injury driving near these large vehicles. Here are a few safety points that everyone should be aware of when they drive near 18 wheelers on the open road.
It Takes Semi Trucks Longer To Slow Down
This may seem like common sense, but it’s essential to remember anytime you are on the road. Cutting off any driver on the highway is bad practice, but cutting off a semi could be devastating, mainly because the large weight of these vehicles means that inertia will carry them farther than other, smaller vehicles after braking. Don’t expect an 18-wheeler to stop quickly if you are driving recklessly in front of them!
Blind Spots Are Real
Blind spots on 18-wheelers are significantly larger than they are on smaller vehicles. Because of this, you always need to be aware of a semi-trucks movements when attempting to pass them in the lane next to them. The truth is this: you may be driving in a semi-truck’s blind spot and not even realize it! Always a keep a close eye on the 18-wheeler and make sure you haven’t inadvertently trapped yourself.
Fatigue is Dangerous
18 wheeler drivers are used to long hours on the road, but this doesn’t mean that they will always be perfectly alert. Any driver can be fatigued and still make the decision to get on the open road, whether they are driving a semi-truck or not! Unfortunately, it just so happens that 18-wheelers are so large that fatigued driving can have even more catastrophic consequences. Stay alert, and make sure you are always monitoring aware of what is going on around you!
On Saturday, a multi-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler resulted in the death of one driver. According to authorities who responded to the scene, the driver of the semi-truck was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was pronounced deceased onsite.
At this time, further details relating to what may have caused the crash have yet to be revealed by authorities. The driver of the semi-truck has also yet to be identified. Information concerning the other drivers has also not been released by local law enforcement. The accident took place at the 3700 block of LBJ Freeway within the TEXpress lanes. The time of the accident was approximately 4:30 PM.
Staying Safe While Driving
Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family of the deceased driver and those individuals who may have been injured at the scene of the crash. Now, more than ever before, staying protected and safe while driving requires constant vigilance, preparation and experience. More information about the accident can be found here.
A Team You Can Turn To After Semi-Truck Accidents
Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group are constantly working hard to help drivers and their loved ones recover after 18-wheeler accidents. No one can predict when a semi-truck accident will turn their life upside down, but the team at Montes Law Group will be there to help you move forward.
On a daily basis, drivers across North Texas find themselves commuting alongside large 18-wheelers. Although it’s almost impossible to avoid finding yourself in close proximity to one of these huge vehicles, it’s essential that you understand how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your vehicle.
Staying informed is always the first step on the path to staying safe, which is why we’ve compiled five important statistics that every driver should know about 18-wheelers and big rig accidents before they head out on the road.
There are over 3.5 million 18-wheeler drivers on the road annually.
The odds of you finding yourself in a situation where you need to drive defensively and vigilantly near a semi-truck is high. With millions of truckers driving on American highways throughout the year, there’s no excuse for not taking the necessary precautions to be safe on the road.
Almost 5% of Semi-Trucks Are Carrying Hazardous Materials
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, provides overviews of the type of cargo that big-rig trucks in North Texas and across the United States are carrying. According to their statistics, well over 500,000 semi-trucks carry hazardous materials, and thousands of these are involved in crashes.
The drivers in close proximity to these vehicles risk exposure to the dangerous substances being transported, which is all the more reason to stay vigilant, aware and safe while driving!
Over the Past Decade, Semi-Truck Accidents Have Increased By Over 50%
As the number of truck drivers continues to increase, the number of accidents is, unfortunately, increasing as well. It is important for drivers to realize that 18-wheeler accidents are not “once-in-a-lifetime” incidents and, instead, happen multiple times on a daily basis across the country.
One Out of Every Eight Trucking Accidents is Fatal
Trucking accidents don’t just happen often; they also result in a significant loss of life. Due to the size and speed of these vehicles, wrecks involving 18-wheelers are typically just “fender-benders”. This is yet another reason why it is so important to stay alert on the road. Simple mistakes can create catastrophic results.
Semi-Truck Accidents Can Be Caused By A Variety of Factors
We often hear about truck drivers working long hours, but fatigue isn’t the only factor contributing to semi-truck accidents. According to the FMSCA, truck driver fatigue accounts for approximately 13% of all trucking accidents. The remainder are due to a variety of other factors, including equipment failure, vehicle maintenance issues and other technical problems.
Rachel Montes Is Ready To Help Semi Truck Accident Victims in North Texas
Rachel Montes and the Montes Law Group are committed to providing drivers with the resources and support they need following big rig accidents and semi-truck accidents across Irving and North Texas. If you or a loved one have been injured by a semi-truck, call us today at (214) 522-9401 for a no-obligation case evaluation.
We certainly applaud the trucking industry for recognizing the dangers that certain trucking conditions and driving conditions can cause to the motoring public. The Montes Law Group is proud to blog about the array of technologies on the horizon being developed by commercial truck manufacturers as well as technology producers working to better equip commercial truck drivers with the safety devices needed to better protect drivers, passengers and other vehicles on the road. Among the technologies being developed are the following:
* The vehicle integrated safety system that offers lane departure warnings for forward, side and lane departures using radar and vision technologies.
* Headway alert system, which provides a driver with feedback on safe and unsafe following distances by using visual and audio alerts.
* A lane departure warning system that uses a camera to alert drivers when they have drifted out of their intended lane and the system uses algorithms to stop alerts when turn signals have been used.
* A drowsy driver alert system attempts to reduce vehicle accidents caused by sleepy drivers by using an imaging sensor and infrared illuminators to determine the number of eye closure rates that occur for an individual driver. Additionally, this system can automatically use fresh air, alert tones or phone calls as well as audio signals that a driver pull off of the road.
In addition to new-aged technology being developed to ease commercial truck driver’s worries of becoming involved in an accident, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in its third year of its driver information sharing project known as the Enhanced CVISN. The system was designed to “enhance the safety, security and productivity of commercial vehicle operations and to improve access to and quality of information about commercial drivers, carriers, vehicles, chassis, cargo, inspections, crashes, compliance reviews and citations for authorized and public and private sector users,” according to the FMCSA Technology Division.
The project is also responsible for gathering and maintaining statistics on commercial truck carriers involved in accidents, receiving tickets as well as roadside assistance.
Commercial truck accidents are among the most deadly and dangerous collisions that can occur. Most often these accidents involve either serious injury/bodily harm to those involved or can cause a fatality affecting more than just a victim and their family and friends.
Because evidence and information gathering is so vitally important in the hours and days following a truck wreck or collision, people and families who have suffered a loss resulting from a truck wreck or collision should consider consulting with an experienced law firm that will offer a free legal consultation as to a victim’s specific truck accident case to determine the best course of action for a victim who may be suffering medically and financially from a heavy truck wreck. To learn more about truck accidents please visit www.monteslawgroup.com . Call us today, we can help. Rachel E. Montes 214-522-9401.
Friday, September 25, 2010, there was a major accident reported on eastbound Interstate 635 (LBJ Freeway) at Coit and Hillcrest. The crash, involving an 18-wheeler and seven cars, occurred shortly before noon Friday. The semi truck ended up in a median with debris spilled all over the roadway. Several ambulances were requested to respond to the collision.
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