Recently, a man suffered serious injuries in a truck accident on the northeast side of San Antonio after a crash with a cement truck. The man was transported to the hospital by emergency responders in critical condition. At the time of the collision, he was “entrapped,” and emergency responders had to extract him from his vehicle.
This recent collision with a cement truck is not an anomaly—other recent collisions with cement trucks have occurred between San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin. At the same time, other serious truck crashes have been reported in those areas and nearby. The Texas truck accident attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm want to provide you with some additional information about recent trucking crashes and their implications for driving in Texas.
Recent Large Truck Crashes in the San Antonio Area
The cement truck accident serves as a reminder that trucking crashes in Texas are a significant cause of personal injuries and fatalities. To be sure, just two days before that cement truck collision occurred in San Antonio, a 21-year-old San Antonio resident was killed in a crash with an 18-wheeler in South Texas. The 21-year-old fatality victim had been the passenger in a Mercedes-Benz that veered from its lane and crashed into the right front side of an 18-wheeler truck traveling in a southbound lane on U.S. Highway 59.
The Texas Department of Public Safety indicated that the portion of the highway where the accident occurred is “dark and unlit.” The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Unfortunately, truck crashes on Texas highways are much too common. Indeed, not only does the cement truck accident in San Antonio serve as a reminder about very recent trucking accidents, but it also prompts Texans to think more about the rate at which truck collisions occur in the state. For example, another deadly truck accident occurred in late 2018 at the intersection of the I-35 southbound frontage road that killed an 83-year-old man from New Braunfels. Another deadly truck accident occurred in New Braunfels, Texas on New Year’s Eve along the I-35 South frontage road when a woman’s truck collided with a tow truck.
Texas Has a Serious Truck Accident Problem
All of these recent events make clear that Texas has a truck accident problem. In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicated that there are more fatal truck accidents in Texas than in any other state. There are more than 3,200 miles of highway in the state of Texas, and both I-10 and I-35 are major throughways for big rigs transporting goods across the country.
At the same time, many truck crashes are preventable. The FMCSA cites some of the most common causes of truck accidents as driver error (including distracted driving, drowsy driving, aggressive driving, and drunk driving), as well as poor maintenance on large trucks leading to braking problems and tire blowouts.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in New Braunfels
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a Texas trucking collision, you should get in touch with a talented New Braunfels truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Call the advocates at The Bettersworth Law Firm at 888-392-0039 today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.