Unfortunately, the number of fatal truck accidents occurring in Texas appears to be on the rise. Last fall, the Houston Chronicle reported that between 2009 and 2013, traffic deaths linked to commercial vehicle crashes in Texas increased by about 51 percent, from 352 to 532. Most of these accidents involved tractor-trailers and large trucks.
The newspaper indicated that the increase in accidents could be related to population growth and commerce, especially when it comes to the gas and oil industry. Sadly, since 2008, Texas has led the country in motor vehicle deaths, surpassing California as the previous national leader, the Chronicle reported.
Remember, truck accidents are often fatal due to the sheer force of collisions and weight of the vehicles involved. Crashes involving commercial trucks are among the most violent on roadways.
Truck Driver Runs Red Light, Kills Teenager in Austin
We bring up fatal truck accidents because recently a Del Valle High School student was killed in a crash on the SH 130 service road, near Parmer Lane. According to KXAN-TV, Delia Ramirez, 15, was killed when a truck driver was distracted while looking down at his GPS, crashing into the back of the vehicle she occupied at a red light.
KXAN reported that Delia’s family members, including Margarita Ramirez, 37, and a 22-month-old child, were also taken to an area hospital for serious injury treatment. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
Contacting an Attorney Following a Truck Accident
Fatal truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improperly loaded or secure cargo
- Defective auto parts
Keep in mind, trucking companies or insurers often approach victims following accidents and offer settlements. This is done to alleviate costs on their part.
By working with a lawyer prior to agreeing to a settlement, you may be able to ensure that you will be able to receive a fair amount of money for your loss, not just the amount the company or insurer is willing to pay. Keep in mind, even though a lawsuit will not bring your loved one back, it may help you obtain compensation so that you can move forward following his or her loss.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney
[Did You Know? Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States.]