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