Articles Tagged with 18-wheeler accidents

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(May 1, 2022) On Monday, April 24, 2022, two 18-wheelers collided with each other on Interstate 10 near downtown San Antonio, as reported by KSAT. The accident occurred while one truck was attempting to change lanes and lost control of the vehicle. It was raining at the time, and the roads were very slick, which seemed to contribute to the accident. The rig swerved, causing it to collide with a nearby 18-wheeler, which then jackknifed across all but one lane of I-10. The cabin then slid off the highway onto the lower level. Police reported that the cabin becoming wedged to the lower level of the highway was what prevented the whole rig from flipping completely over. It remained stuck dangling from the wall. No other vehicles were caught in the accident, and there were surprisingly no injuries reported as of May 1, 2022. The entire incident was captured on the dashcam of a closely following driver, who then shared the video with KSAT news.

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On April 13, 2022, a major accident on I-10 near De Zavala resulted in two people being hospitalized, with one man dying from his injuries as reported by KSAT News. The crash was apparently caused by a blown tire on an 18-wheeler causing it to swerve to the left. It crashed into two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla and a Jeep latitude. The Corolla was driven onto a nearby median, where it slid until it was slammed into a metal pillar, and there it erupted into flames. The driver, a man, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries and tragically lost his life. He was 55-year-old Johnny Rodriguez Jr. of Boerne, as identified by Bexar County medical examiner. The driver of the Jeep was also taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries. The condition of the driver of the Jeep and the driver of the gravel rig is unknown at this time. The accident happened just after 5 P.M. and resulted in a major traffic pileup, as reported by fire officials attempting to clear the scene. 

A fully loaded gravel rig can weigh up to 20,000 pounds. This tremendous weight combined with Interstate speeds often results in devastating accidents like this one. Because of this, even though trucking accidents only account for roughly six percent of total accidents in the United States, they have destructive consequences. Nearly 28 percent of trucking accidents result in serious injury, and over 11 percent result in fatality. This means that 107,000 people are injured, and 4,415 people are killed every year in an accident with an 18-wheeler. 

Have you or someone you love been injured by an 18-wheeler in San Antonio or the surrounding area? Call Carabin Shaw Today.

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According to San Antonio Police, early Monday morning, March 7th, a tragic automobile accident occurred, which left a man dead after his vehicle collided with an 18-Wheeler. These events took place on Loop 410 southbound, near the Pearsall Road exit, at around 3:45 a.m. The man’s dark-colored sport utility vehicle crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that pulled off onto the side of the highway. He was trapped inside the automobile underneath the back end of the 18-wheeler. Sadly the man driving the SUV died. However, the driver of the 18-wheeler did not suffer injuries. 

Car accidents are unique to each individual. The damages, injuries, and specific losses suffered by each individual injured in a car wreck will vary. Generally, most car accidents can be attributed to negligence or a momentary lack of attention, but some can also be attributed to reckless behavior. High-speed driving and driving while intoxicated (DWI or DUI) are examples of reckless behavior. In addition to understanding the rules of the road, our car wreck lawyers understand the special duties imposed on drivers and operators. Our practice of searching for answers over the years has sometimes allowed us to pinpoint the underlying causes of most car accidents and determine the responsible party. Our car accident attorneys have handled numerous car wreck losses over the past 15 years.

In most cases of liability claims, determining who is at fault in a car wreck is a matter of figuring out who is negligent. You can turn to our car accident attorneys for assistance in determining who was at fault in your accident. The first thing we’ll do is to obtain your police report, analyze the traffic laws, interview witnesses, and, if necessary, hire investigators or experts to determine who was at fault for your car accident.

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(March 10, 2022)

A tragic accident with an 18-wheeler took place at 12:30 A.M. this morning on I-37 in South Bexar County. The accident claimed the life of one individual and left the other in critical condition, as reported by KSAT News. The truck driver sustained no injuries; however, the impact pushed his vehicle into a nearby ditch. The other vehicle sustained significant damage, and the highway was closed temporarily to clear the debris. The cause of the accident has not yet been reported, nor have the names of the victims. 

A collision with an 18-wheeler often has tragic consequences. Due to the sheer size of the vehicles, even a collision at low speeds can result in severe damage and injury. Combine this size and strength with Texas highway speeds, and the result is devastating. Victims of commercial vehicle accidents often sustain major permanent injuries, such as brain damage and extreme disfiguration. Unfortunately, it is often the case that victims of a commercial vehicle accident tragically lose their lives, as in this case. The law office of Carabin Shaw has been representing victims of 18-wheeler accidents for nearly 30 years in San Antonio and the surrounding area. 

https://www.carabinshaw.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Screen-Shot-2021-06-17-at-11.26.29-AM-300x263.pngEarlier this month, on the tail end of Memorial Day weekend, two people were killed in a truck accident occurring on Interstate 10 near Van Horn. Heavy rain was a contributing factor in the fatal collision.

According to a local news report, a Honda SUV was traveling eastbound on I-10. Due to the heavy rainfall, the driver of the Honda lost control. The vehicle spun out, coming to a stop while blocking several lanes of traffic. Moments later, the driver of an 18-wheeler approached. The truck driver did not stop in time and collided with the SUV. The truck then traveled onto the shoulder, where it flipped over. Another approaching semi-truck then crashed into a rolled-over 18-wheeler.

The passenger in the SUV and the driver of the 18-wheeler both died as a result of injuries they sustained in the accident. The driver of the SUV and the driver of the semi-truck were injured, although they are expected to recover.

https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-11-at-5.07.17-PM.pngThursday, February 11, 2021, DALLAS/Fort Worth:  Traffic crews and medics responded to several fatal car accidents overnight in North Texas as icy roads caused difficult driving conditions for people. At least eight deaths have been confirmed, officials said. 

Pileup crash on I-35W in Fort Worth

More than 75 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup crash Thursday morning on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, including several 18-wheelers, officials said. A number of people were trapped hours after the crash happened around 6 a.m. 

https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/05/Screen-Shot-2020-05-26-at-1.22.28-PM.pngMay 23, 2020:  San Antonio, TEXAS–The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 10 near the Dominion on the north side of San Antonio.  Justin Antwan Jackson, 29, the driver of the 18-wheeler, involved in the incident is now charged with failure to Stop and Render Aid after his truck rear-ended a red Ford Fiesta that was stalled on US I-10.  

The driver of the car, Donna Falkenberg, 46, was killed in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  San Antonio Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jackson was traveling southbound in the right-most lane when it neared the stalled Ford Fiesta, which had on its hazard lights.  Jackson told police that he tried to avoid another vehicle that appeared to be crossing into the lane next to him and did not see the Ford until the crash was unavoidable.

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Last week, a tragic multi-vehicle crash occurred in Walker County on I-45. According to a local news report, early last Thursday afternoon, between Madisonville and Huntsville, an 18-wheeler crashed into two other vehicles, which were both stopped due to a crash that occurred previously that day. The crash scene was horrific, with vehicles seriously damaged and passengers in critical condition. A 27-year-old woman and a 4-month-old were both in such serious condition that they had to be transported by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in downtown Houston. Additionally, a 34-year-old man was transported by ground ambulance to a Conroe hospital.

Although it is too early to know, there will likely be serious injuries and expensive medical bills as a result of this accident. While the investigation is still underway, if the driver of the 18-wheeler is found to have been at fault, even partially, for the accident, the injured victims may be able to file a civil suit against them under Texas law to recover for their injuries. If successful, this civil suit can lead to the victims earning compensation to cover past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

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WACO, Texas, Feb. 17, 2020:One man is dead after a major accident early in the morning on February the thirteenth involving two 18-wheelers on Interstate 35. Officials identified the victim as 34-year-old Jesus Salas Rodriguez of Grand Prairie.

The  Department of Public Safety said the accident took place on the northbound interstate near Loop 340 next to the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center campus.

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