Residents of a nearby county reported seeing a plume of smoke from an explosion that resulted from a crash involving three semi-trucks near the community of Hico, Texas, last Wednesday morning. First responders required the assistance of state authorities and agencies of another county to deal with the heat from the fire that resulted from the explosion. Two of the truck drivers died at the scene, and damage to the road required authorities to shut down that stretch of Highway 281 for the rest of the day.
Most anyone who lives in Bexar County has had the experience of being in a regular passenger vehicle and feeling immediately dwarfed and vulnerable when a tractor-trailer pulls up on the side of the vehicle they are in. The size of these big rigs is impressive yet it also highlights the risk that people in other vehicles are exposed to. Any accident in which a commercial truck entangles with a car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle puts the passengers in the smaller vehicles at a serious disadvantage.
Have you ever noticed that extra bumper hanging off of the trailer of large trucks driving the Texas roads and freeways? That bumper is actually an underride guard and it is there to protect you in case of an accident.
Truck accidents can cause a great deal of damage due to the size of the vehicle. Multi-vehicle crashes can be similarly devastating because of the number of people involved. Therefore, it follows that a multi-vehicle accident that involves one or more 18-wheelers can be particularly devastating, and such was the case in Weatherford, Texas, when a semi-truck collided with several cars on a Friday afternoon. The crash sent seven people to the hospital, resulted in the death of one vehicle occupant and caused the semi to roll over and spill its cargo of plastic Gatorade bottles onto the roadway.
Sometimes you have no choice but to pull over to the shoulder when you are on the interstate. After all, you’re not going very far when you just got a flat tire or you are experiencing engine trouble. However, you and other Texas residents may want to think twice before pulling over on the freeway to double-check your directions or grab a snack from the trunk. Even stopping for a few moments on a busy freeway can have deadly consequences.
For many motorists across Texas, sharing the road with semi-truck drivers can prove challenging, with the sheer mass of commercial trucks making them difficult to see or maneuver around even under the best of circumstances. However, when the people sitting behind the wheel of these vehicles are also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the repercussions are too often catastrophic.
When a large truck has an accident with a passenger vehicle, it is almost always the passenger vehicle that sustains the most damage. Occupants of the passenger vehicle also usually suffer more sufficient injuries. This is because of the great difference in the sizes of the vehicles. However, we need large trucks to distribute goods. Because trucks and passenger vehicles have to co-exist, the state of Texas has enacted laws to help keep everyone safer on the roads. One of those laws, according to FleetOwner, is the left-lane restrictions.
When most people think about car accidents, a scenario involving both vehicles moving at high speeds might come to mind. Less often considered, but no less dangerous, are car or truck collisions that involve one vehicle that is standing still. Texas residents might not be fully aware of the dangers when a vehicle has broken down and is stalled in the middle of the highway or at the side of the road.
Over the decades, the life of a trucker has been romanticized in popular culture. Truck drivers get to explore the countryside while being paid for it. However, as many people in Texas are aware, the life of a truck driver is not always so carefree. You probably encounter large trucks every day you are on the road, and you know that often, semi-trucks can be dangerous. The trucker lifestyle may contribute in part to this danger.
Some people dismiss intuition, saying it means little, but when you are driving next to a big rig that keeps edging closer to your car, thoughts of impending disaster might surface.