In November of last year, a tragic accident happened about midway through the morning in Houston. At a toll plaza, a Global Waste Solutions dump truck slammed into a pickup truck, which then hit a smaller car in front of it. The dump truck then smashed into another truck and then into a concrete pillar before it burst into flames. Tragically, two people were killed in the accident and four were injured. Of the two people killed, one was the dump truck driver.
No mention has been made as to whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved. Police have said that the dump truck driver may have lost control, but they haven’t shared any more than that. If this unfortunate scene sounds frightening, that’s because it is. If you live in Texas, and you are a truck driver, or you have a family member or friend who drives commercial vehicles for a living, you need to have the contact information for a truck accident lawyer in Houston on you at all times.
It would seem, at first that the accident was the fault of the dump truck driver, but without a toxicology test, there’s no telling whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A truck accident lawyer in Houston can ask the difficult questions like that, or, on the side of the driver, they can check up on the safety and maintenance record for the dump truck. If it was the fault of the employer, then the family of the driver should not be responsible for his funeral costs, and they should be afforded compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you’re a truck driver, or you’re concerned about the laws that apply to commercial vehicles and accidents, call a truck accident lawyer in Houston, like the ones at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, today.