(July 26, 2022) A thirty-one-year-old man tragically lost his life this morning, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, when struck by an 18-wheeler on the Far West Side. The accident happened on the eastbound lanes of Culebra Road just out front of the Harlan Highschool. The Bexar County deputies diverted traffic to Tally Road, and Culebra was shut down as they evaluated the scene.
How did this happen?
San Antonio Express-News reported that the thirty-one-year-old man who tragically lost his life this morning was a passenger of a seventeen-year-old driver of a KIA SUV. Deputies told San Antonio Express-News that the girl attempted a left turn on a blinking yellow light in front of the big rig. The driver of the tractor-trailer was unable to stop in time and collided with the small vehicle, killing the passenger and injuring the driver. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not reported to have sustained any injuries, and the seventeen-year-old driver of the KIA SUV was transported to the hospital for her injuries. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, and deputies asked that traffic avoid the area while the investigators cleared the scene.
18-wheeler accidents in Texas
Many Texas drivers have experienced the horror of the sight of a terrible accident involving an 18-wheeler on our freeways and Interstate Highways. They are terrifying, and rightfully so. The sheer weight and size of a big rig combined with the fast-paced speeds of Texas highways is a recipe for disaster. Combine that with the state of the supply chain following the pandemic putting pressure on companies and drivers to deliver faster, and it just makes things worse.
Did you know?
An 18-wheeler without a trailer attached can weigh anywhere between ten thousand and twenty-five thousand pounds. That’s between five and twelve and a half tons! An adult male African Elephant weighs between two and seven tons when fully grown. Imagine getting hit by an elephant on the highway!
Do these kinds of accidents happen often?
TxDOT reports that there are over 400,000 accidents every year that involve an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle. Additionally, these accidents have been on the rise, with the year 2017 seeing a staggering fifty-two percent increase in fatalities from past years, with ninety-seven percent of these fatalities being from the passenger vehicle. In fact, seventy-four percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities involve a commercial vehicle. The bottom line? Hundreds of thousands of people – fathers, mothers, and children – are affected by big rig accidents. It is our mission at the Carabin Shaw Law Firm to protect the rights of these families and to ensure that our clients receive full legal compensation for their suffering.
Have you been injured, or have you tragically lost a loved one in an 18-wheeler accident in San Antonio or the surrounding area?
The Law Office of Carabin Shaw has been dedicated to representing the victims of 18-wheeler accidents for thirty years. We have the experience and the resources to represent you in your fight for justice. Whether you have a personal injury claim or a wrongful death suit, our team of attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help. Contact our team today at 800-862-1260.