As our Houston truck accident lawyers have learned from representing personal injury victims and their families, oversized trucks and 18 wheelers are extremely dangerous and, in many cases, deadly.
The fatal Salado, Texas 18-wheeler crash in April 2015 reveals both the extreme dangers of large commercial vehicles, as well as the preventable nature of virtually all accidents they are involved in.
An oversized tractor-trailer hit a beam on an overpass. Apparently the vehicle was not even speeding, but due to the size of the truck and its load, two beams from the overpass became dislodged and fell into the roadway.
A small pickup truck owned by Probuild and thee other semis were also involved in the crash. The 32-year-old man from Arlington who was driving the pickup died, and 3 others were injured. At least two of the people injured in the deadly 18 wheeler accident were taken to Scott & White Hospital.
Trucks from C.E. England and Lares Trucking, the latter of which owned the truck believed to have caused the trash, sustained damage.
It appears the oversized Lares Trucking tractor-trailer was a 1994 Volvo, and its load may have simply been too tall for the bridge, which was just over 13 feet tall. Texas Department of Motor Vehicle regulations require a special permit to carry loads more than 14 feet tall. It also appears the Lares truck was hauling a flatbed carrying a cherry picker and that the vehicle made it under the bridge before the beams fell.
The people who sustained personal injuries in the deadly truck accident include:
- the 32-year-old driver from Arlington, Texas who died in the truck accident
- another 32-year-old Austin man whose black pickup truck was badly damaged in the crash and who suffered a “non-incapacitating” injury
- an Indiana man who was driving the CR England Trucking tractor-trailer who sustained minor injuries in the truck crash
- An Oklahoma man who was also injured
Preliminary information indicates that Lares Trucking was issued 20 safety violations in the past two years, including citations for issues involving brakes, reflectors, and tires. Charges against the company and its driver were still pending as of April 2015.
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