If you've ever found yourself stopped in a traffic jam while trying to get off an interstate exit ramp here in Waco or elsewhere in Texas, then there's a chance that it was caused by an overturned truck. These types of incidents may leave traffic lanes closed for hours as crews try to figure out how to get a truck upright or as they clean up lost loads. Motorists may be seriously injured in these types of incidents.
A man, a woman and a baby were all seriously injured when they were struck by a cucumber truck just before 1:50 p.m. on Interstate 35 in Waco on June 26.
A Waco Fire Department spokesperson issued a public notice on May 6 warning all motorists to use more caution when traveling along Interstate 35's construction zones. They issued this warning after one of their firetrucks was struck this past Sunday. While no one got hurt in this most recent crash, construction has only just begun on I-35. It was on that same highway that several firefighters were seriously hurt back in 2015.
A 57-year-old Lott resident died when her General Motors Company (GMC) sports utility vehicle (SUV) hydroplaned on a wet U.S. Highway 77 during morning rush hour on April 24.
There are a host of reasons why a truck driver might get into an accident in Waco, Texas. Some of those reasons include impairment, distraction, drowsiness, medication and faulty parts. Another reason is the inexperience of the driver. It's possible for truck drivers to be inexperienced. Think about it; they have to earn their experience somehow. An inexperienced truck driver can be just as dangerous as a distracted truck driver.
Ask any Texas Department of Transportation worker and they'll likely tell you about a variety of items that they've had to remove from the highway. If asked, a Department of Public Safety officer will likely tell you how many of them have caused motor vehicle accidents. If you've been injured by flying debris or by something that was left in the roadway after falling off a truck, then you may be wondering who you can hold liable for paying your bills.
On Nov. 19, officers with the Waco Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of South Third Street at South University Parks Drive just after 1:45 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found that a 22-year-old Texas State Technical College student who had been riding in one of the vehicles involved in the crash had been killed.
All motor vehicle crashes between trucks and smaller vehicles carry significant injury risks. This is so in truck accidents involving utility trucks, work vans and construction vehicles. However, of all the different types of trucks involved in these accidents, tractor-trailers typically pose the most injury hazards to Texas motorists.
As you may know, workers' compensation insurance is not a mandatory requirement in the state of Texas. Fortunately for workers, many businesses in the state choose to provide this important coverage for their workforce anyway. In a nutshell, workers' compensation will step in to cover medical expenses and replace a portion of the employee's lost wages if an accident occurs and takes the worker away from his or her job.
Drug use can and does lead to car accidents every day in the United States. Professional drivers, like semi-truck drivers, know the risks well. Even so, many of them do use alcohol and other drugs while they're behind the wheel. These can lead to devastating accidents when an impaired driver is at the controls of an 80,000-pound vehicle.