Driving near an 18-wheeler can be frightening. While there are a number of big-rig drivers who have never been involved in a fatal accident, there are some who have been the cause of some horrific catastrophes while driving on the nation's roads. A section of Interstate 20 that runs through Texas was the scene of a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler and several smaller vehicles.
Four cars were stopped in one of the Interstate's lanes of traffic due to an earlier vehicle rollover, as the 18-wheeler was coming up behind them. The truck driver did not slow his speed in time to avoid hitting the rear car. The collision caused a domino effect among the other cars, initiating not only damage to all the vehicles but killing one of the drivers and the passenger. Another driver was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The truck driver left the scene on foot but was picked up by Border Patrol Agents a few miles from a port of entry into the country. Once they entered the man's information into a national database, they found he was wanted for manslaughter. His wallet had been found at the scene of the collision by police, who issued the warrant. He will be extradited in the near future.
Just trying to comprehend the sudden loss of a loved one in a fatal accident is difficult for those who have not been through it. Trying to decide the next steps to take can be overwhelming to many. Choosing to file a wrongful death lawsuit has been an option elected by numerous people who have had to endure this type of loss. There are personal injury attorneys who know the laws specific to Texas and who have the experience a grieving family will need.