A recent collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle in Moody, Texas has resulted in the death of a female motorist and serious injuries to a young child. The truck accident took place at the intersection of Blue Cut Road and FM 107.
According to a KWTX news report, the female motorist was driving a Ford Mustang along Blue Cut Road before merging into FM 107. At this point, her car collided with an 18-wheeler that was heading westbound on the same road. The force of the collision caused the car to overturn and come to a stop on its head.
The driver, whose name has not yet been released to the public, died at the scene of the crash. A five-year-old child who was also in the car suffered serious injuries and was flown to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple. He is said to be in critical condition.
Authorities have not disclosed who was at fault for the crash, nor whether the woman was the child’s mother. However, many accidents involving semi-trucks occur as a result of some form of negligence on the truck driver’s part, so it is possible that the collision was caused by the trucker’s failure to maintain roadway safety standards.
Understanding Truck Driver Responsibilities
Truck drivers in Texas have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of safety while operating their vehicles on public roadways. This is partly due to the fact that commercial trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, and can therefore cause catastrophic damages in the event of a collision.
Semi-truck drivers should take extra precautions to avoid collisions with other motorists and pedestrians. Precautions can include, but are not limited to:
- Abiding by the speed limit (or slower)
- Slowing down with ample time when approaching a stop sign or traffic light
- Using turning signals and waiting until the adjacent lane is clear before switching over
- Pulling over when feeling tired or fatigued
Unfortunately, semi-truck drivers have deadlines to meet when transporting goods and may be subjected to long hours on the road. After driving for several hours, fatigue, which is one of the main factors contributing to truck accidents, can quickly set in and diminish the driver’s response time. This overexertion is ultimately responsible for many of the serious and fatal truck crashes in Texas.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer in Texas Can Help Crash Victims
If you or a loved one was involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck in Texas, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. As a victim, you have the right to seek legal counsel with an experienced truck accident lawyer. The Cooper Law Firm can fight on your behalf to help you recover just compensation. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for recovery.