A big-rig accident that occurred in Terrell, Texas resulted in three deaths. The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of I-20 near mile marker 501. The crash was between a pickup truck and two 18-wheelers. The lanes were closed for some time while investigators reviewed the scene.
According to reports, the pickup truck and one of the big rigs caught fire after the crash. Aerial scenes of the crash site showed the pickup truck upside down and burned. All three of the dead were riding in the pickup truck. Two other people were transported to the hospital in unknown conditions.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Many things may cause big rig accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a scientific study of large truck accidents and their causes. They identified critical events as the action that initiated the collision, making it impossible to avoid. They further identified common causes of crashes.
The three categories of essential events for large truck accidents include running out of travel lane, loss of control, and colliding with the rear of another vehicle. Loss of control could be due to speeding, driving at a speed that is unsafe for conditions, cargo shift, poor road conditions, vehicle system failure, or a host of other reasons.
Critical reasons are categorized into three main groups including driver, vehicle, and environment. Driver critical reasons are further broken down into non-performance, recognition, decision, and performance.
Driver reasons are the most common critical reasons for large truck accidents, according to the report findings. Non-performance is something that the driver failed to do to control the rig. It includes falling asleep at the wheel and becoming impaired such as when a medical emergency occurs.
Recognition means the driver was inattentive to the road. It includes the general category of distracted driving. This occurs when the driver is not paying close enough attention and fails to observe the situation.
The decision means that the driver made a poor choice while driving. An example would be speeding. Performance means the driver did something that caused the rig to crash. For instance, the driver panicked and lost control of the truck.
Many factors might play a role in causing the crash mentioned above. For instance, the driver might have been unfamiliar with the route, the traffic could have been congested, there could have been problems with the brakes or tires, or the driver might have been taking prescription or non-prescription drugs, among many others.
This accident is under investigation, and the cause and other factors will be determined. After a significant crash, an investigation team will usually review the accident. Also, the professional driver will be tested for alcohol or drug use.
The truck records might be verified to determine how long the driver was on the road. Although sometimes it is only after a truck accident lawsuit is filed that the true hours of the driver are known.
Additional steps will be taken to understand what caused the crash to occur entirely such as a formal accident reconstruction.
If you or a loved one was hit by an 18-Wheeler, you might be entitled to compensation. The negligent driver can be held responsible for the damages which may include medical expenses, money for pain and suffering, and compensation for lost wages, among others.
Contact our experienced truck accident legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to discuss your case today.