It sometimes seems like large trucks have become notorious for being bullies on the road. Whether that notion is because of their massive size, or because of how drivers handle their vehicles is still up for debate. What is sure, however, is that when a truck accident occurs, more often than not, the damage can be quite extensive. But besides driving safely, Dallas, Texas drivers and all trucking company drivers must always properly secure their cargo. Unsecured cargo is hazardous to motorists.
Unfortunately, for a 66-year-old female resident of North Zulch, the driver of a large truck failed to follow this advice. The woman was driving her sports utility vehicle on the westbound lane of Highway 21 when a piece of oilfield equipment fell off an eastbound 18-wheeler and eventually struck her SUV. According to a trooper from the Department of Public Safety, the straps holding the equipment broke. The equipment then fell from the truck, bounced on the highway then hit the driver of the SUV, killing her.
This unfortunate incident serves as a sad reminder for trucking companies and truck drivers that the truck itself and all of its cargo must be secured as well. Many trucks carry logs, toxic chemicals and other large or dangerous materials. However, toxic or not, cargo belongs on the truck and not on the road. Any unexpected road obstructions can lead to an accident.
Truck accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Any Dallas, Texas motorists injured due to a driver's or trucking company's negligence, can choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. This legal action can hold the negligent party legally responsible for the accident.
In the unfortunate event of a truck accident death, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by family members on behalf of a victim. Both types of lawsuits may lead to a monetary award for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other accident-related damages.
Source: Kwtx.com, "Bizarre Accident Leaves Texas Woman Dead" March 21, 2014