Tractor-trailers can be some of the largest, heaviest and most powerful vehicles on the road. They are enormous and are often used to transport very heavy or dangerous cargo across the country. One can only imagine the terror of seeing one of these trucks approaching in your rearview mirror, barreling straight towards you and apparently not slowing down.
This horrific experience is something that far too many people in Texas have gone through. While we expect that professional and commercial truck drivers will operate their vehicles safely and responsibly, this is not always the case. One recent accident was a grim reminder of the catastrophic damage that can be done when a trucker fails to avoid causing a crash with other vehicles.
The crash happened at 2 a.m., a time when most people would not expect to see much traffic on the road. However, at this time, two adults and a child from Texas were riding in a vehicle on Interstate 30 and ended up stopped in traffic. Approaching the stopped cars was a big rig, which was being operated by a 22-year-old man. For some unknown reason, the trucker failed to note the stopped traffic and ended up smashing into the rear of the Texas residents' car. The car burst into flames and all three people inside were killed.
Not surprisingly, the trucker managed to escape the crash without injury. In a crash involving a huge truck and small passenger vehicle, it is typically the smaller vehicle -- and the passengers inside -- that sustains the majority of damage.
While details are not yet available regarding why the trucker failed to stop, other truck accidents similar to this one may provide some clues. In many rear-end collisions involving a truck, a trucker has fallen asleep or gotten distracted behind the wheel and failed to note the change in traffic conditions in time. Other accidents have involved a drunk or drugged driver. If the driver in this accident was engaged in any of these behaviors, it may be appropriate for the families of the victims to work with an attorney in order to hold the driver accountable and pursue compensation.
Source: KBTX, "Texas Child, 2 Others Killed in Arkansas Crash," Aug. 11, 2013