While semi-trucks are one of the few ways to transport oversized or mass quantities of items, they can pose a very real danger on the road. Because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, a truck accident involving one can easily seriously injure or kill occupants of smaller vehicles. Two Texas residents were killed in a recent truck accident on U.S. Highway 181.
The two men were headed north in a Dodge Ram pickup truck, towing a utility trailer. A 2017 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was headed south but crossed over into the northbound lane. The two vehicles collided head-on, killing the men in the pickup truck immediately.
Police reports say the highway was wet from rain at the time of the collision but did not say whether that played any part in the cause of the accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer was injured in the wreck and was taken to an area hospital but is expected to fully recover from his injuries. As of the time of the reports, no charges had been filed against him.
Should the evidence suggest the semi-truck driver was at fault for this truck accident, the families of the accident victims may choose to pursue claims for monetary damages through wrongful death lawsuits. The loss of income these men provided, the loss of their companionship and the costs for their funerals and burials can all be included in these types of civil claims, along with other documented financial losses. An attorney who is familiar with personal injury law in Texas can explain the legal process to anyone who has lost a loved one in this state because of the negligence of another party.