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Texas residents see the deadly results of an 18-wheeler accident

Heart attacks are common occurrences. Modern medical practices have improved the likelihood of a patient surviving what might once have been a deadly event. A possible heart attack afflicting a truck driver while he is behind the wheel of a fast moving vehicle surrounded by other cars and trucks is a recipe for disaster as recently occurred on a Texas highway.

The 18-wheeler accident involved a truck crossing the median into oncoming traffic. Two people were killed in a passenger vehicle were killed when the big rig smashed into them. The truck driver was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. A posting on social media by someone claiming to be the truck driver’ daughter attributed the accident to a heart attack that caused the truck driver to pass out.

Someone injured in a motor vehicle might have the right to seek compensation from another driver whose negligence may have caused or contributed to causing the accident. Common causes of a truck accident include:

  • Negligent truck maintenance
  • A drunk truck driver
  • An unqualified truck driver
  • An inattentive truck driver
  • Speeding on the part of the truck driver
  • Truck driver fatigue

A police investigation into the cause of the accident will try to determine if a heart attack or illness caused the trucker driver to lose control of his vehicle. Even when illness might be a contributing factor in causing the accident, it does not, necessarily rule out negligence. A personal injury attorney review of the facts of a case in which someone is killed or injured may help a truck accident victim or the family of a deceased victim to know their options as far as compensation.

 

Source: WFAA, “Big rig crosses median, three die in I-35 crash,” Aug 15, 2015

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