Trucker Dies in Dallas, TX, 18-wheeler Accident on I-635 Overpass
Dallas, TX -- February 2, 2017, a truck driver was killed following an accident in which his 18-wheeler careened off of an I-635 overpass.
Dallas emergency personnel were called out to the scene at around 2:00 a.m. at the I-635 and US Highway 80 interchange.
According to preliminary accident reports, an 18-wheeler was traveling northbound I-635. As he took the overpass ramp onto westbound US 80, the truck somehow lost control and swerved off the side of highway lanes. The truck crashed into the guardrail, going through the barrier and tipping over the side of the ramp.
The truck fell into the concrete ditch below to overpass. The driver was fatally injuries in the crash, and he died at the scene. His identity has yet to be released.
At this time, authorities have not indicated what factors might have caused the accident. Their investigations are ongoing.
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This accident seems a bit a extreme considering the fall involved, but the truth is a lot of truck drivers are killed when their vehicle crashes off the side of the road. The common assumption with single-truck crashes is that the driver was at fault--most assume they fall asleep at the wheel. While this may be common, it's important to reserve judgements until all details are brought to light.
Our firm has represented truck accident victims in the past whose 18-wheelers experienced some sort mechanical failure or load-shift that caused their vehicle to lose control. Sometimes, hazards in the roadway can also caused a crash, and even tire blowouts are possible.
The main point here is that there are a lot of different things that can cause an 18-wheeler to crash. Only once a thorough, independent investigation can those affected determine the next best steps forward from the accident.
--Grossman Law Offices