Commercial Vehicle Accident Leaves One Dead
What do a trash truck, a tractor-trailer truck and a dump truck have in common? Aside from being commercial vehicles typically operated by hired drivers and owned by separate companies, they are also immense and powerful vehicles with a propensity for malfunction if not maintained. And, in the case of a tragic accident in Arlington, Texas recently, all three happened to be traveling through the same intersection within moments of each other and a domino effect of collision resulted, beginning with the trash truck and ending with the dump truck.
Authorities report the trash truck driver navigated a right turn at a high rate of speed. Whether or not the speed was because he was trying to make the turn before an oncoming tractor-trailer isn't stated but he did allegedly clip the side of an oncoming tractor-trailer, which threw the trash truck onto its side, just in time for an oncoming dump truck to slam into it.
The emergency respondents made every effort to extract the trash truck driver from the truck but found that he was already deceased. The dump truck driver suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered no notable injuries.
No causation was reported for why the fatally injured driver clipped the tractor-trailer and whose fault it may be. The accident scene is likely being investigated by authorities and perhaps insurance investigators and attorneys for the deceased. If it can be demonstrated that the fault for this wrongful death might have been because the tractor-trailer was not at the appropriate stop or was supposed to be stopped and was not, there may be a case for liability. If the trash truck was found to have limitations in visibility or mechanical failings, the company that owned it may be held accountable.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, your decision to work with an accident attorney may be the best decision you make. They can ensure all angles of the accident have been properly investigated to determine whether someone's negligence or recklessness may be to blame for the tragedy.
Source: Star-Telegram.com, "Trash truck, dump truck and tractor-trailer crash in Arlington, killing one," Ryan Osbourne, June 21, 2016