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Texas truck accident and fire stalls traffic

Traffic near the Richardson-Plano border was stalled recently when a big rig was involved in an accident on U.S. Highway 75 in Texas. The truck accident involved only the one truck, but resulted in the truck catching on fire. When crews arrived they could not immediately find the driver, but then later discovered he had self-extricated. The oil being carried by the truck was cleaned up by crews and the process included having to dismantle the truck.

The truck’s driver is reported to have suffered no injuries and was not taken to the hospital following the crash. Reports are that the big rig hit an embankment made of brick and then the driver lost control of the vehicle. He has been cited for driving too fast for conditions, or “failure to control speed.” Though it is wonderful news that no one was injured and that the crash was not worse, the alleged speed factor is of concern. 

The incredible pressure truckers face to meet delivery deadlines can create a temptation to speed, even when poor conditions for travel exist. Sometimes this pressure can lead to trucking accidents such as this one and the outcome is not as pleasant. Other motorists could have been harmed or killed, leaving many victims in the wake of this accident. Had that happened, those injured would have been faced with medical expenses and possibly lost wages.

If other motorists had been killed, their loved ones would have been hit with funeral expenses on top of dealing with their loss. When things like that happen, the law provides a path for relief. Personal injury attorneys specialize in cases like that and can help victims and their families understand their options. An investigation can be conducted in order to determine liability. It can also help reveal other options previously unexplored in the pursuit of justice and compensation for financial losses.

Source: CBSDFW, “Big Rig Fire Shuts Down Highway 75 In Richardson,” May 2, 2014

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