George West, TX — A driver and his passenger were killed on I-37 after a fatal accident near George West last Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013. Police said that Steven Humphries, 25, was killed when his Mustang was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler truck, which killed his passenger as well.
The Texas DPS reported that Humphries and his female passenger were driving north on I-37 at about 5:00 a.n. on Wednesday morning when Humphries began to have car troubles. When he pulled off to the shoulder of I-37, his Mustang was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler.
The impact killed Humphries immediately and his female passenger died at the scene a short time later. The cause of the accident is still being investigated and it’s not clear where the Mustang was when the 18-wheeler hit it.
The truck driver was hospitalized in Beeville with back injuries, troopers said. Further investigation will determine whether any charges will be filed.
Scene of the Accident
“Positioning” is a term that’s sometimes used when trying to determine who is at fault for an accident. In this instance, the news reports aren’t very clear on the “positioning” of the victim’s car, which is a big detail. I won’t claim to have all the answers, but if an 18-wheeler truck rear-ends a car as its slowing down, the fault is normally the truck driver’s. In simple terms, you should always leave enough room in front of you (and drive a safe speed) so that you can slow down in time for any reason – including accidents. If this truck driver crashed into the back of the victim as it was slowing down, then it’s not much of a stretch to say that the trucker was either going too fast or was following too closely. And if the semi-truck swerved off the road, then it’s obvious who is at fault. But, there are a lot of other details that simply aren’t covered by the news reports, and I would be curious if the police report shines a bit more light on what exactly transpired.
— Grossman Law Offices