A Texas driver may be facing a criminal negligent homicide charge after a multi-vehicle accident which left one man dead. The truck accident occurred on Highway 7 when the driver did not stop in an active construction zone. His 18-wheeler hit one of four cars that were stopped, and the domino effect caused a five-car accident. The driver of the first stopped car died instantly after crashing into an arrow board. Six people were injured, including a flagger on site. The jury will have to decide if the driver of the 18-wheeler is responsible for the death of the other driver.
Most car accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Accidents involving a negligent truck driver and a passenger vehicle tend to be more dangerous. Statistics show that accidents involving semi-trucks are more likely to result in fatalities. This is because trucks greatly outweigh cars and it can take almost twice as long to stop a vehicle of that size than it does a car. Because their vehicles are difficult to navigate, truck drivers have multiple ways that they can drive negligently, including failing to slow down to account for poor driving conditions.
Proving that the driver is negligent is a challenge with mutli-vehicle accidents. The difficulty will be proving that the 18-wheeler driver caused the death of the driver. In Texas negligence cases, causation is very important to determine liability. A plaintiff must prove that but for the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff’s injury would not have occurred. A plaintiff must also prove that the harm caused were ones that the defendant could have foreseen through his actions.
If the plaintiff can prove that the defendant driver caused the injuries at hand, negligence will be much easier to prove and the driver will likely be held liable.
Source: KLTV, “Driver may face charges for causing ETX construction zone crash,” Alexis Spears, July 18, 2012