A wreck that involved a hazmat spill and cleanup shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 for several hours in Beaumont, Texas. According to Jefferson County Justice of the Peace, Ben Collins, an 18-wheeler went over the guardrail and hit a black Escalade head-on. Emma T. Brooks – the 67 year-old-woman driving the Escalade – passed away while the driver of the 18-wheeler received treatment at a local hospital and survived the crash. According to 12News, there was an additional wreck near MLK Parkway that occurred as traffic backed up from the fatal 18-wheeler accident.
Large Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives us stats from 2019:
Did you know?
- An estimated 538,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported crashes in 2019.
- 5,005 people were killed in truck accidents in 2019, with large trucks accounting for 10 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal collisions for the year.
- 9% of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had previously been involved in reported crashes – more than any other vehicle type.
- An additional 159,000 people were injured in truck crashes in 2019.
- Among the states with the most truck accident deaths were:
- Texas: 652 deaths
- California: 408 deaths
- Florida: 349
- Georgia: 204
- Ohio: 172
Angel Reyes – Your 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a devastating 18-wheeler truck accident, our attorneys here at Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley are here to help. In most heavy truck accidents, the driver who was operating the truck is at fault for the crash. When the driver is at fault, their employment company may also be found legally liable for your injuries or losses. The massive injuries and devasting loss of lives left in the wake of a serious heavy truck accident can leave families with huge medical bills and financial losses.
We understand that no amount of money can give you back what you’ve lost, but substantial damages can help put you back on your feet financially while your family endures the grieving process. Holding parties accountable for negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct can be a helpful catharsis in the healing journey, as well as help establish a safer community. To learn more, contact us immediately for a 100% free consultation. Tap the green button to call or submit a form here now.