December 4th, 2012|
December 4, 2012
Two veterans injured in the recent accident between a tractor-trailer hauling a parade float and a train have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the companies that operated both the truck and the train. FOX News reports the suit claims negligence the part of both companies was the direct result of their injuries.
The accident happened on November 14 in Midland, Texas, during a holiday parade. As a truck hauling one of the floats began to approach a railroad crossing, an alarm was raised about an approaching train. The driver of the truck continued across the tracks, where the trailer carrying dozens of veterans as struck by the train. Four people died and dozens of others were injured as a result of the Texas Truck Accident.
A further investigation into the incident, conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), found the oncoming train signals sounded roughly 20 seconds before the train crossed. The suits claim the trucker was negligent in attempting to cross the tracks as the alarm sounded and that the company who operates the train was negligent in more than 28 ways, including failing to slow the train down in an attempt to avoid the collision and provide a safe crossing.
The Drug Injury Lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough wish the injured victims a full and speedy recovery and hope a decision in their case will help bring closure to the tragedy.
February 28th, 2012|
February 28, 2012
The driver of a tractor-trailer is to blame for a three-vehicle accident that injured two people Thursday. According to reports from WFAA News, the crash happened around 9:00 a.m. on the Dallas North Tollway.
Video footage shows the tractor-trailer coming off a highway on-ramp at a high rate of speed. As it rounded the corner, the big rig began to tilt and rolled onto its side, landing on top of a car that was in the lane next to it. The truck then slid across three lanes of traffic, pushing an SUV over the center divider and into oncoming lanes of traffic where it was struck by other vehicles.
The 49-year-old driver of the car that was crushed under the tractor-trailer was taken to Parkland Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries; however, he was last listed in serious condition. The driver of the SUV was also taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Although the driver of the tractor-trailer escaped the accident without injury, police did charge him with failure to control the speed of his truck.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that 32,000 tractor-trailer accidents, or 22.9% of all tractor-trailer crashes over a two-year period, can be attributed to driving too fast for road conditions.