Overturned truck in crashIrving, TX- Three firefighters responding to the scene of a traffic collision became accident victims themselves after a semi-truck slammed into their ladder truck over the weekend.

The Star-Telegram reports that the fire fighter were called to the scene of what the paper described as a “major” accident involving an intoxicated driver around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The ladder truck remained on the scene to block traffic as police investigated and cleared the scene of the previous collision.

Shortly after arriving to the scene, a tractor-trailer slammed into the ladder truck, causing injury to three firefighters standing in front of the truck. Although they were all thrown, the injuries these firefighters suffered were minor; the truck driver however was not so lucky.

Upon impact, the semi-truck spun 180-degrees and overturned, coming to rest in the passenger side. The truck driver, a 55-year-old Dallas man, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police told the Star-Telegram the truck driver was traveling at highway speeds and they aren’t sure if the truck driver attempted to brake at all before colliding with the fire truck. They are also trying to determine if the truck driver suffered a medical event prior to the crash or if he fell asleep.

This was one of the rare cases in which the truck driver was the fatal victim. Typically, motorists other than the truck driver are killed or injured in serious truck accidents, and in many of those cases negligence is the cause. Speed, inattention, falling asleep at the wheel and distraction are the four most common reckless behaviors detected in commercial truck accidents.

If you are the victim of a truck accident as the result of any of these reckless behaviors, USAttorneys can connect you with a truck accident attorney near your Texas location so you can discuss your case. Our team of truck accident attorneys in Texas will outline your options for seeking the compensation you need.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that nearly 4,000 people are killed in truck accidents each year. If any of those fatalities or the tens of thousands of injuries that also result from truck collisions are the fault of the truck driver or a trucking company, the victims should understand their rights the steps they need to take to secure the compensation they need.

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