Keeping up the maintenance on a vehicle can help ensure that it runs properly and lessen the likelihood of an accident. Sudden issues with vehicle parts, including tires, could easily cause problems for drivers and other travelers on the road. When tractor-trailers experience these issues, serious truck accidents can occur.
It was recently reported that a fatal crash took place in Texas involving an 18-wheeler and an SUV. The 18-wheeler was traveling southbound with a 73-year-old driver behind the wheel when one of the truck’s tires blew. The truck driver was unable to keep the big rig under control, and it collided with a northbound SUV before flipping and catching on fire. The incident occurred just after 6:30 a.m.
The incident resulted in the truck driver suffering fatal injuries, and he was declared dead at the accident site. The driver of the SUV was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. That person’s age was not given in the report. It is likely that the incident is still under investigation, and more information may be released at a later time.
If the truck driver or the trucking company failed to provide proper maintenance for the truck or failed to properly inspect the tires, it is possible that such negligence contributed to this Texas incident. Such factors are not uncommon in truck accidents, and the surviving SUV driver may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the trucking company in efforts to seek compensation for resulting damages. Gaining information on this option may prove useful.