Mercedes, TX (June 26, 2023) – One man has died as a result of a truck wreck that occurred in the Mercedes area.
The crash was reported to officials at around 10:00 p.m.
According to reports provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 2013 Kenworth truck tractor-trailer, and a 2008 maroon Ford Mustang collided on the southbound lanes of Farm to Market Road 491 in the area near Military Highway.
The incident caused severe delays in traffic as emergency crews worked to clear the scene.
The Ford became trapped under the semi-truck and was dragged for several feet down the roadway before the vehicle came to rest.
The driver of the Ford, identified as a 61-year-old man, was fatally injured in the accident. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.
Our condolences go out to the family of the victim who lost their life in this crash.
Fatal truck accidents are the cause of thousands of deaths in the United States each year. There are many instances where people lose their lives as a result of negligent and reckless parties. After losing a loved one in a fatal accident, your family can take legal action against the responsible party. In general, there are various parties who can be held liable. These include:
The Truck Driver: If the truck driver engages in negligent or reckless behavior while operating the vehicle, they can be held accountable for damages. Actions such as distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and fatigue can establish liability. Reckless behaviors like disobeying traffic signals, changing lanes improperly, and speeding can also lead to truck accident claims against the responsible driver.
The Truck Driver’s Employer: Under certain circumstances, the trucking company can be held liable for injuries. This typically applies when the company fails to properly maintain their vehicles or allows drivers to exceed regulated driving hours. There may be other situations where the company can be held accountable, and a skilled truck accident attorney can assess the case to determine all liable parties.
The Truck Manufacturer: If a manufacturer sells a defective part that contributes to an accident, they can be held liable. When manufacturers provide parts or equipment for trucks, it is expected that they will function properly and reliably. If the parts fail to perform as intended and lead to injuries in a truck accident, the manufacturer can be held responsible for all resulting damages. In certain circumstances, liability may extend to retailers as well.
It is important to consult with an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney who can evaluate your specific case and identify all parties that may be held liable for the accident.
At Burg Simpson, our team of experienced truck accident attorneys is dedicated to getting you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no attorney fees unless we win your case. Our knowledgeable and understanding team will use their experience and knowledge to get justice for you and your loved ones. If someone close has passed away due to negligence by an at-fault driver while operating a commercial vehicle, contact our truck accident law firm today for a free consultation and case review (888) 895-2080.
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