One never knows what one will see while navigating the nation’s highways during a usual daily commute to work. Recently, one man on his way to work in Texas witnessed a fatal truck accident which, he stated, made him want to return home to hug his children and his wife rather than show up for work that day. Highway 79 was closed due to the recent fiery collision.
Authorities say that during the northbound traffic at approximately 6:15 a.m. of a recent morning’s travel, a pickup truck crossed the lane and headed directly into oncoming vehicles. The truck crashed head-on into an 18-wheeler which was pulling an empty trailer. The truck that was headed the wrong way was a field service oil truck, and it exploded into flames upon impact.
The driver of the pickup, 48, was pronounced dead on-site. Responding crews had to cut the other driver out of his vehicle. The 53-year-old was then transported to a local regional health center and reported to be in critical condition.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation said that the accident caused some road damage. The highway was shut down while various agencies worked to remove debris. Crews planned to begin repairs once the roadway was cleared.
Texas law allows someone injured in a truck accident due to the alleged negligence of another to file a personal injury claim in a court of law. The compensation awarded from a successfully navigated claim could be used to offset any ongoing medical bills or recovery costs. Seeking legal advice might be helpful to those considering such litigation.
Source: kbtx.com, “Highway 79 Back Open After Deadly Wreck“, Jamie Burch, Jan.9, 2015