Romayor, TX — March 14, 2019, three people were injured as the result of an accident where a beer truck and an 18-wheeler collided.

Investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident happened at around 2:15 p.m. along FM 787.

Police officials said that a beer truck was traveling along the road when it reported crossed into oncoming traffic. There, it collided head-on with an 18-wheeler hauling sand.

As a result of the collision, both drivers had to be airlifted from the scene with serious injuries. The passenger of the beer truck went to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police believe that the beer truck was speeding, contributing to the accident. Additional details are still under investigation.

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Commentary

Reading these articles, it probably seems pretty obvious that the beer truck caused this accident. But I always say there’s no such thing as a straight-forward truck accident, and that likely applies here as well. Why is that?

Trucking companies have every right to defend themselves from accusations of fault, and they’ll do so whether they have the evidence to support their claims or not. Their hope is that by simply shifting the blame away from them, victims and families won’t have the evidence and legal strategy necessary to counter them. One common defense one may encounter is that the truck experienced a mechanical issue. Now most of the time this is a baseless defense just thrown at the wall in the hopes it sticks. But let’s just give the trucking company the benefit of the doubt and say there was a mechanical issue. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a legitimate defense.

For example, I litigated a case not long ago where an 18-wheeler came to a stop in the middle of traffic on the interstate. The truck driver didn’t put out any reflective cones or flares, and a motorist crashed into the trailer and died. When the victim’s family hired us on, the trucking company told us the driver’s brakes malfunctioned and locked up. Since that’s usually a bogus claim, we had an engineer take a look at the truck.

Surprisingly, the truck really did have a braking issue, but it was more complex than that. This issue only locked up one of the rear trailer axles, meaning the truck was still completely operable. The truck driver easily could have driven to a safe place off the highway to take care of the issue, but instead he felt and heard the wheel lock up, got scared, and recklessly stopped right in the middle of traffic.

That’s why it’s so important to investigate accidents like this thoroughly. There’s ever-expanding list of examples just like that one where if the trucking isn’t outright lying about what caused the accident, they likely still did something wrong. Those injured in the accident need to make sure they have the evidence to prove once and for all what happened.

–Grossman Law Offices

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  1. I saw some photos from this scene, and to say it looked chaotic is an understatement. Maybe police have the equipment for something like that, but I see a lot of reports about underfunded and understaffed departments. I hope that’s not the case here so those injured in the crash get the answers they need.

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