Loading a vehicle with a lot of stuff for a long haul is something that takes a certain level of attention and skill. Truck drivers know there can be risks of serious accidents if materials they're hauling are loaded on the trailer just so and properly secured.
A Texas truck driver was recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a fatal accident on the interstate. The driver, who worked for T-Energy at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty to the felony charge and was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by three years of supervised probation and $1,000 in fines.
Roads can be a dangerous place for both drivers and pedestrians. Texas families who have lost a loved one in a road fatality are already aware of this danger. Trucks on the roads can be particularly dangerous due to their large size and their inability to come to an immediate stop. Furthermore, truck drivers can also be more prone to truck accidents due to the pressure to make timely deliveries.
A trucking company is facing a legal battle with the family of a Texas man who was killed in a tragic accident. The family is seeking damages in a wrongful death suit to cover medical and funeral expenses, as well as loss of income, loss of support, mental suffering, grief and other forms of injury.
Many workers involved in Texas' booming oil industry face a great deal of danger when hitting the highways. Truck accidents are occurring more frequently all across the country, and oil and gas workers in particular are at risk. A recent study shows that these workers are 8.5 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than people who work in other occupations.
Fatal truck accidents can often lead to lawsuits filed by the deceased's loved ones. This may be the case coming up with the family of one 24-year-old Texas man, who was killed earlier this year in a truck accident after a truck driver allegedly crashed into the man's car. The man's parents are filing a wrongful death suit against the truck driver, as well as the trucking company who employed the driver.
Texas' recent economic success has contributed to an increase in truck accidents in the state. An accident on Texas 16 near FM 624 left one truck driver killed. The truck accident occurred when a tanker truck did not yield the right of way and crashed into another tanker, killing its driver. The other driver was released from the hospital with injuries.
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.