Andrews, TX — An early-morning accident last Saturday morning (October 12, 2013) between a pickup truck and a semi-truck left one man dead and another with critical injuries. Police in Andrews said that Andres Ramirez, 37, was seriously injured and his passenger, 48-year old Jaime Torres, was killed when their pickup was hit by a semi-truck on Highway 115.

The accident happened at about 7:40 a.m. on Saturday morning at the intersection of Highway 115 and Andrews Loop 1910. Police said that Ramirez was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck east along Highway 115 and Raymundo Dominguez was driving a semi-truck north on Andrews Loop 1910.

For reasons still unknown, it appears that Dominguez ran the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 115 and pulled into Ramirez’s path. The two truck collided and Torres was killed immediately while Ramirez was hospitalized in critical condition.

The accident is still being investigated and it wasn’t clear if Dominguez would face any charges.

Approximate Location of the Accident

Commentary:

From the news reports over this accident, it appears that the semi-truck driver is going to be for the wreck. However, it’s unwise to jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts. Let’s consider what we do know about this accident: it happened early in the morning and a semi-truck driver ran a stop sign. Now, what isn’t mentioned here may very well end up being the most important part of the police investigation. For example, we don’t know how fast each vehicle was going at the time of the wreck and we have no information about where the truck driver was before the accident. Had he been driving all night? Was he drowsy or sleepy? Furthermore, the possibility of mechanical or braking issues shouldn’t be overlooked. I will say, however, that while it’s important to be very thorough in these types of situations, my experience has taught me that, many times, simple negligence and driver inattention is to blame. When that’s the case, the responsible driver must answer for their actions and if they have an employer, they may also be vicariously liable for their driver’s negligence. The bottom line, though, is that thoroughness is key to finding out all the details, which which is how any competent attorney will determine who will be held liable and who will owe for damages.

 

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