Rusk, TX — December 4, 2017, Aurelio Amaya was killed and Keith Jackson was injured after an accident where an 18-wheeler pulled in front another semi.
Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident happened at around 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of US Highway 69 and County Road 1101.
According to their reports, 46-year-old Amaya was driving a tractor-trailer northbound along US 69. At CR-1101, 46-year-old Jackson, also in an 18-wheeler, attempted to turn right onto the highway. Police claim he failed to yield the right-of-way to Amaya, resulting in a collision.
Amaya reportedly died at the scene of the accident. Jackson was transported to a hospital and shortly released.
At this time, it’s unclear if any charges or citations were filed.
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If what police have reported is indeed true, then I can’t help but wonder why the truck driver turning onto the highway didn’t notice the oncoming semi. There could be extenuating circumstances here, but most of the time when this happens, it just comes down to drivers being in a hurry or simply not paying attention before driving into the path of another vehicle.
Again, I can’t say for sure what happened here, but from experience I can say there needs to be a thorough investigation by an independent professional. The reason for this is because trucking companies often do everything they can to avoid as much liability as possible, no matter how stacked against the facts appear to be.
For example, accidents like this our firm has handled in the past involved trucking companies saying, “If the victim had taken proper evasive maneuvers, they’d still be alive.” Claims like this might seem callous or flimsy, but the reality is they can prove effective at cheating victims out of getting justice if they don’t have clear, tangible evidence to support their side of the story.
By having a professional independent of the police look into a serious accident like this, it can be ensured that all crucial details are investigated and preserved so that if a trucking company decides to shirk its responsibility for an accident, they can be held accountable through cold, hard facts.
A family affected by a tragic event like this shouldn’t have to be at the mercy of a trucking company seeking to avoid accountability. Taking the right steps with the right allies can help overcome whatever barriers are placed between them and getting justice for their loss.
–Grossman Law Offices