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Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021:  CAMERON, Texas — A freight train and an 18-wheeler truck have collided on FM 2095 in Cameron, causing a large explosion and fire.

According to Milam County Judge Steve Young, the crash happened before 7 a.m. several responders are on the scene, as tanker cars are overturned and inflamed.  Judge Young says the 18-wheeler hit the train, causing 14 train cars to derail; however, the driver of the 18-wheeler survived. According to Milam County Sheriff Chris White, all personnel on the train are safe.

Sheriff White says the train was carrying coal and gasoline and is the reason for the fire. He also said there was hazardous material cars in the back of the train but it was not touched during the collision. Hazmat arrived and took the hazardous material out of range of the fire.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-11-at-5.07.17-PM.pngThursday, February 11, 2021, DALLAS/Fort Worth:  Traffic crews and medics responded to several fatal car accidents overnight in North Texas as icy roads caused difficult driving conditions for people. At least eight deaths have been confirmed, officials said. 

Pileup crash on I-35W in Fort Worth

More than 75 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup crash Thursday morning on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, including several 18-wheelers, officials said. A number of people were trapped hours after the crash happened around 6 a.m. 

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-22-at-12.55.37-PM.pngDecember 22, 2020: ELLIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Two family members were killed, and two others were injured after a tragic December 14 crash involving a passenger van and a semi tractor-trailer.

Officials with the Milford Police Department confirm two people in the van died and two others were injured — one serious, one minor — in the afternoon crash on Interstate-35E in south Ellis County.

It was around 5:30 p.m. when police were called out on a “two vehicle major accident”. Once there officials said they quickly realized they needed help and called in more than half-dozen agencies — including DPS, Italy Police and Fire, and Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies.

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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199Nov. 11, 2020, McCLAIN COUNTY, Oklahoma:  Investigators said a truck driver was driving distracted on Interstate 35 where he killed a woman and injured her husband. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash on March 2, 2020, near mile marker 82 in McClain County.

A semi-truck driven by 58-year-old Johnny Spradlin was surrounded by other vehicles approaching a construction zone.  

Investigators said surrounding vehicles slowed down, but the 18-wheeler driver Spradlin did not. He crashed into a 2016 Chevy Traverse driven by 63-year-old Julia Kraus and her passenger husband around 9:30 a.m. Kraus was pronounced dead at the scene.   Kraus’ husband was injured in the crash but survived.  

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pexels-mike-192364-300x225For many, a car serves as the primary method of transportation on a daily basis. However, no matter how careful someone is while on the road or how skilled they are at driving, other motorists who do not follow the traffic laws pose a significant threat. When others are careless and cause accidents or even fatalities to occur on the road, those who are responsible can be held accountable for their actions through a Texas personal injury lawsuit.

In a recent news report, a young Sheriff’s Deputy and his fiancé were killed in a tragic car accident. Officials say that a tanker truck may have run a stop sign and crashed into the deputy’s vehicle, which killed his fiancé on impact. He passed away shortly after and his brother, who was also a passenger, was airlifted in critical condition to a local hospital with spinal, facial, and arm injuries.

In Texas, cases like these can often pave the way for potential wrongful death claims. To file a wrongful death claim, one must first ensure that the circumstances surrounding their potential case fall within Texas’s definition of wrongful death. Claims can be filed by specific parties if the death is caused by a wrongful act involving carelessness, unskillfulness, or neglect. Thus, potential plaintiffs could have a claim if their loved ones die because of the negligence of others, such as during a major car accident, or a vehicle collision involving distracted driving.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/05/Screen-Shot-2020-05-26-at-1.22.28-PM.pngMay 23, 2020:  San Antonio, TEXAS–The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 10 near the Dominion on the north side of San Antonio.  Justin Antwan Jackson, 29, the driver of the 18-wheeler, involved in the incident is now charged with failure to Stop and Render Aid after his truck rear-ended a red Ford Fiesta that was stalled on US I-10.  

The driver of the car, Donna Falkenberg, 46, was killed in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  San Antonio Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jackson was traveling southbound in the right-most lane when it neared the stalled Ford Fiesta, which had on its hazard lights.  Jackson told police that he tried to avoid another vehicle that appeared to be crossing into the lane next to him and did not see the Ford until the crash was unavoidable.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/05/Screen-Shot-2020-05-06-at-9.40.32-AM.pngThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 5,000 truck accident fatalities in the United States in the last reporting year and Texas had the highest number of trucks involved in a fatal crash. Further, there has been a 12 percent increase in the total number of individuals killed in trucking accidents over the last ten years. These startling facts about Texas trucking accidents make it clear that motorists should take every precaution to drive safely when traveling, especially on the state’s many highways. However, even when motorists and pedestrians take steps to protect themselves, accidents can still happen. In these cases, Texas truck accident victims should seek legal representation to ensure that they understand their rights and remedies.

One of the most common causes of Texas trucking accidents is brake failure. The NHTSA reports that almost thirty percent of trucking accidents occurred due to an issue with the truck’s brakes. When a large truck experiences a brake failure, the driver often loses control of their vehicle and may slam into other motorists, pedestrians, or buildings. In response to the prevalence and aftermath of large truck accidents, Texas has many measures in place to ensure that drivers take steps to limit the chance of brake failure.

Texas truck drivers should make sure that they inspect their vehicles before embarking on journeys. The inspection includes making sure the vehicle’s brakes are working and that all of the cargo is secured. Additionally, employers should make sure that their drivers have adequate training to inspect, maintain, and drive their vehicles. Further, drivers should have the skills to control their vehicle and mitigate damages if they experience brake failure. In many cases, there may be several parties responsible for a truck’s brake failure. Injury victims should understand the elements of a Texas trucking accident lawsuit so that they can recover damages for these serious accidents.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/04/Screen-Shot-2020-04-24-at-2.12.40-PM.pngWednesday, April 22, 2020, Houston:  Police report a driver was killed when he tried to pass an 18-wheeler that was reversing along a commercial street Wednesday in southeast Houston. The big rig was facing southbound in the northbound lane of Nunn Street near Lindbergh Street around 3 p.m. when its driver started driving in reverse, according to Houston police. At some point, the big rig driver started to drift into the southbound lane while still in reverse, according to police.

At the same time, a 34-year-old man driving a Cadillac DTS was southbound on Nunn and attempted to pass the truck on the right but clipped the back-right corner of the trailer, police said. Witnesses said the Cadillac driver appeared to be driving at a high speed when he struck the trailer.

The force of the crash ripped the roof off the Cadillac, which landed about 30 feet away from the car. Firefighters had to use special tools to pry the rest of the car open to pull the driver out.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/04/Screen-Shot-2020-04-12-at-12.56.57-PM.pngApril 12, 2020, Houston:  Two people were killed after an Amazon tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles that were stopped on a Houston North freeway early Friday April 10th due to previous collisions, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

An SUV towing a trailer driven by Anthony Alvarado, 22, with his wife, their children, ages 1 and 3, got a flat tire. While trying to exit the highway, a Mazda 3 sedan hit the trailer and ended up sideways in traffic.  A third vehicle, a Silverado pickup truck driven by Tyler Vail, 29, came up to the crash and while trying to avoid the accident ended up colliding with a barrier on the freeway coming to a stop in the middle lane. 

During this time the driver of the Mazda and the SUV’s passenger got out of their vehicles.  It was also at this time that Abdullah Baidas, 23, who was driving a Chevrolet SUV, stopped to help and was out of his SUV and on the freeway.  Then an Amazon tractor-trailer driven Cody Munson, 56, coming up on the scene swerved to avoid but ended up striking all of the vehicles involved and pinning both the driver of the Mazda and the passenger of the SUV and killing them instantly.  Abdullah Baidas avoided being struck by the Amazon truck by jumping off of the overpass 10 to 15 feet where he suffered minor injuries authorities said.  The 2 young children only suffered minor injuries due to being safely strapped into their car seats.  The status of the Amazon driver, Mr. Munson; pickup driver, Mr. Vail; and SUV driver, Mr. Alvarado are unknown at this time.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/04/Screen-Shot-2020-04-08-at-10.09.07-PM.pngWednesday, April 8, 2020:  PARMER COUNTY, Texas — A Fort Worth resident was killed and another person was seriously injured Friday night April 3rd in a deadly pick-up and 18-wheeler crash in Parmer County located in far northwest Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety officials reported that the incident occurred on U.S. Highway 60 at FM 1381. The driver of the pick-up, Bessy Lainez, 33 and passenger, Vincente Oropeza-Diaz, 33 both of Ft. Worth were stopped on the north side of the highway at FM 1381.  Authorities believe Ms. Lainez turned her truck onto the highway and then was hit by the 18-wheeler. She died at the scene.  Mr. Oropeza-Diaz was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The semi driver was not hurt. Police said the crash is still under investigation.

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