On behalf of Green Law Texas posted in 18-wheeler accidents on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
No matter the time of day, traveling along the nation’s highways can be a dangerous undertaking. Sadly, no matter how carefully one drives, a tragic tractor-trailer crash can occur without warning and without time to take evasive actions. One recent crash in Texas took the lives of two women who were headed to work.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 54-year-old trucker was operating his semi-trailer east along U.S. 290. He was driving a 2017 model tractor while hauling an attached flat-bed trailer. For reasons that have not yet been determined, the driver seemingly lost control and crossed over into the westbound lanes of the roadway. His tractor then collided with a smaller passenger car being driven by a 27-year-old man.
That impact caused the second vehicle to come to a stop along the grassy verge of the road. At the same time, two women, ages 22 and 26, were also driving west. The driver of that vehicle was unable to avoid striking the trailer portion of the rig. That collision resulted in the deaths of both women. The other two drivers were transported for treatment of undisclosed injuries and later released.
Texas officials are still investigating what led up to this fatal tractor-trailer crash, and it is unclear whether the trucker will face any criminal charges. The two women were reportedly well-respected employees of a local winery, which expressed its shock at this sudden loss. The victims’ families may now face significant financial damages in addition to the loss of their loved ones. Families in these circumstances may choose to pursue compensation for those damages by filing wrongful death civil suits against the parties deemed liable for these untimely deaths.
Source: fredericksburgstandard.com, “Accident claims lives of winery employees”, May 9, 2018