When a truck accident occurs in the Houston area, it is not always immediately clear exactly what happened. Part of the reason is that the destruction caused, particularly in the case of a tractor-trailer colliding with another vehicle, is often disastrous.
During an afternoon in late November, a two-vehicle truck accident happened near the Katy Mills Mall. Preliminary details were sketchy, except to confirm that a pickup truck collided with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. The passenger in the pickup was killed, while the driver and the tractor-trailer driver were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
Preliminary reports indicated that one of the vehicles ran a red light, though the specifics were not revealed. Police are most likely continuing their investigation. The force of the collision was so strong that the tractor-trailer ended up on its side.
This much is obvious: one person is dead and two others are seriously injured. A family is mourning the loss of a life cut senselessly short, and two other families are praying for the recovery of their loved ones.
Depending on who was at fault for the collision, his estate and family may have a legal basis for a wrongful death action. The driver of the pickup could even be held liable for his passenger's death if it is determined that he was at fault. But the pickup driver, as well as the driver of the 18-wheeler, may be able to pursue claims for personal injury to recover monetary damages for their injuries and consequent pain and suffering, depending on which one of them was at fault. These important legal questions will depend upon the investigation's conclusions.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Katy crash leaves one teen dead, another injured," Mike Glenn, Nov. 30, 2011