In mid-May this year a story about a truck-related accident on the I-10 hit the news. According to reports, a gray SUV made an attempt to jump a curb to gain access to frontage road, but while doing so, the SUV hit an Avalanche truck. This caused the driver of the truck to then veer off the road and strike an electricity pole, which shook an electric wire free, and resulted in it landing on the truck.
El Paso Electric was quick to respond and was able to to remove the wire from the truck without any injuries to the truck driver. However, those within the gray SUV – one of them a child – were not without injury. Both individuals were transported to the Del Sol Medical center for further medical attention.
Truck Accidents Continue to Climb in Texas
In the United States, most areas are enjoying a decline in truck related accidents. In Texas, however, the number continues to rise. With the oil and fracking boom in Texas over recent years, there have been more trucks hitting our highways than in most other states. Given the size and impact of semi-trucks, many of these accidents are fatal.
Based on new reports on the accident, the gray SUV driver may be held responsible for the accident. However, a number of other factors could have had a significant impact on the accident, some of which may hold the truck driver partially liable. Some of the most common factors include:
- Improper truck maintenance
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
Protecting You Rights on Texas Roadways
Approximately 700 truck drivers and their passengers are killed in heavy truck related accidents each year. Another 5000 victims who are riding in passenger vehicles and pickups have their lives claimed too soon on the roadways of the United States because of a semi-truck related accident.
The personal injury attorneys at Ruhmann Law Firm are experienced in handling these often-complex cases, which involve in-depth investigative skills and expert navigation of state and federal laws.
If you have been involved in a truck-related accident, we invite you to contact us to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your situation. We welcome your call today at (915) 845-4529.