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New Braunfels Truck Accident AttorneyWhen we think about the dangers of an auto accident involving commercial trucks, we usually assume that the height of the danger occurs during the initial collision. However, the aftermath of a truck accident can be wrought with additional dangers – especially if the truck is transporting flammable material such as gas or fuel, hazardous materials, or toxic materials.

Just recently, I-35 had to be closed while HAZMAT crews cleaned up diesel fuel that spilled from an 18-wheeler. The highway has since been reopened, but the crash is just a reminder of the dangers of commercial truck accidents.

Truck – Sedan Collision Causes Multi-Vehicle Accident

Everything from fuel to groceries is transported by commercial trucks throughout Texas and the U.S. When a truck accident results in spilled cargo, the cargo can create an even greater chance of injury or death. The accident that closed I-35 involved an initial collision between a semi-truck and a sedan. The truck ended up in a jackknife position on the highway, taking up three lanes of traffic. The truck also spilled approximately 75 gallons of diesel fuel. Fortunately, crews were able to clean up the fuel and make the highway safe for travel.

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Texas Pedestrian Accident LawyerBeing involved in a car accident is often a shocking experience. After the collision, vehicle occupants may be confused and traumatized. They may leave the vehicle to find out what happened despite the danger of doing so. Unfortunately, two people recently lost their lives in San Antonio when they exited the vehicle after being involved in an accident.

Highway Collision Leaves Two Dead on I-35

Motorists on the highway are often traveling upwards of 60 or 70 miles per hour. This makes the highway an extremely dangerous place to be a pedestrian. Motorists may be traveling too fast to see a pedestrian and stop in time – especially at night. At approximately 1am on November 6, 2021, A man and a woman were traveling in an SUV when they were struck by a pickup truck. The crash victims got out of the vehicle and were struck by a driver in a van. This accident was fatal.

Liability in a Fatal Car Crash  

The driver of the van who struck the man and woman on I-35 is not facing criminal charges as of this blog’s publication. However, the situation serves as a reminder of just how complicated car accident liability can be. Often, the actions of multiple individuals lead to a fatal accident. In this situation, both the driver of the pickup truck who caused the original accident and the driver of the van are involved.

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Texas Red Light Accident AttorneyMost drivers can relate to the frustration of being delayed by a red light. However, stop signals are crucial elements to a safe and functioning traffic flow. When a driver runs a red light or stop sign, he or she can easily collide with another vehicle or pedestrian. Just recently, a driver running a red light on Loop 410 in San Antonio caused a major car accident. The driver ended up pinned inside the car while another motorist suffered a head injury. Fortunately, both individuals survived the collision. However, other red light accident victims are not as lucky.

Accidents Caused by Running a Red Light

There are many reasons that a driver may fail to stop at a red light. Some drivers are simply in a hurry and hope that running the light will get them to their destination faster. Others are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Drivers may also miscalculate the amount of time they have before the light turns red. A driver who sees a yellow light may hope that by stepping on the gas, they can make it through the intersection before the light turns red.

Distracted driving can also lead to running a red light. A driver who is looking down a cell phone, attending to passengers, or using the GPS may not see the red light in time to stop. These types of oversights can lead to severe and fatal crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that nearly 1000 people died in red light accidents in 2019 alone. Red-light cameras may reduce the incidence of red-light accidents by as much as 21 percent. Unfortunately, these measures do not eliminate the chances of being struck by a driver who runs a red light.

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New Braunfels Car Accident AttorneyJust under 3,900 individuals lost their lives in Texas car crashes in 2020. This figure represents a significant increase from 2019 traffic fatalities. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that speeding and not wearing a seatbelt are some of the top contributing factors in these fatal accidents. Unfortunately, a fatal car crash can happen to anyone. Recently, a San Antonio accident left three critically injured and two dead. Like many collisions, the accident is thought to have involved speeding.

Crash Caused Both Cars to Roll Over

Police say that a man driving a Volkswagen Jetta was traveling above the speed limit when he struck a pickup truck exiting a restaurant. According to the police report, the crash was so intense that it caused both drivers to lose control of their vehicles. The Volkswagen Jetta and pickup truck rolled over several times before coming to a stop. Sadly, both of the Volkswagen’s occupants died during the collision due to blunt force injuries. The individuals in the pickup truck were rushed to the hospital.

Speeding Continues to Be a Major Contributor to Texas Crashes

Many people admit to driving above the speed limit from time to time. However, speeding is much more dangerous than most people realize. Speeding reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to a dangerous situation and increases the force applied to vehicle occupants in a collision. The National Safety Council reports that speeding was a contributing factor in over a quarter of all fatal accidents in 2019. Speeding is especially dangerous on gravel roads and during adverse weather.

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New Braunfels Personal Injury AttorneyCommercial semi-trucks travel throughout Texas carrying everything from hazardous materials to household goods. When an 18-wheeler strikes another vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. Severe injuries and deaths are not uncommon in commercial truck wrecks. Many commercial truck accidents are caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver, trucking company, or another party. If you were hurt or your family member was killed in a truck wreck, you may be able to hold the negligent party accountable and recover compensation for your damages. However, bringing a successful truck accident injury claim is not easy and several factors can complicate your case.

Texas House Bill 19 May Influence Your Case

Texas House Bill 19 is effective as of September 1, 2021. The bill affects how and when a trucking company can be held liable for a truck crash resulting in injury, death, or property damage. Proponents of the new law claim that the legislation protects the trucking industry from “frivolous” lawsuits. However, critics worry that the bill will make it harder for truck crash victims to recover compensation for their damages. If you are interested in taking legal action after a commercial truck crash, make sure to work with an attorney who is familiar with how this new legislation will impact the case.

Evidence from a Truck Accident Must Be Preserved Quickly

To successfully recover compensation for a truck crash, an injured party must prove that:

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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