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Truck company owner blames bridge for fatal truck accident

A semi truck accident that claimed the life of one person and injured three others was caused by the failure of officials to build a bridge higher, according to a statement by the owner of the truck company for whom the big rig was being operated. State officials apparently had a different view of the accident when they announced that the truck did not have permits from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to carry an oversized load.

The 18-wheeler accident reportedly happened when a bridge beam was hit by the truck. State officials said that the height of the truck exceeded the height of the bridge by almost a foot. When the department of motor vehicles issues an oversized load permit, the owner and driver of the truck are provided with suggested routes that avoid potential hazards.

Besides the oversized vehicle, another cause of this accident might have been an inattentive truck driver who failed to heed three signs that were posted to drivers of the clearance limits at the bridge. The truck company has been cited in the past for having defective equipment that put its vehicles out of service until they were repaired.

When a person suffers serious injuries or someone is killed as a result of the negligence of a driver, the injured victim or the family of the deceased individual might have a right to make a claim for compensation. A consultation with a personal injury attorney might be helpful in determining whether such a claim may be filed against an inattentive truck driver whose failure to observe signs warning of a potential hazard resulted in a truck accident.

Source: 5 NBC, "Texas Truck in Bridge Accident Did Not Have Proper Permit," March 28, 2015 

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