• February 27, 2017

Bradley Smith Killed, Ronnie Jackson Injured in Weatherford, TX, Accident

Weatherford, TX -- February 23, 2017, Bradley Smith was killed and Ronnie Jackson was injured after an accident between an 18-wheeler and a rental truck.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident occurred along US Highway 180 at around 2:00 p.m. Preliminary investigations indicate that 32-year-old Smith and 38-year-old Jackson were in a rental truck at the time.

They were driving westbound on US 180 in the rental truck, and in front of them was an 18-wheeler being driven by 55-year-old Tronnie Bradley. Bradley reportedly slowed down to make a right turn into a private driveway. While doing so, the rental truck crashed into the back of the trailer.

As a result of the collision, Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. EMS transported Jackson to Weatherford Regional Medical Center. His injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. Bradley was not injured.

At this time, the exact cause of the accident is not clear. Authorities continue their investigations.

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There aren't enough details at this time to determine exactly what happened here, but there is one detail that stands out to me, which is that the victims were driving a rental truck at the time. There needs to be a thorough investigation to determine whether or not that truck was in good working condition when the victims rented it. There's no way to say for sure at this time, but it's possible a mechanical failure of some sort could have caused the crash.

Let's say I went and rented a moving truck or something of that nature, from a rental company. I can't reasonably be expected to know whether or not that truck was properly maintained before I checked it out. I just have to trust the company from which I'm renting did the necessary upkeep on it and that it's safe to drive. If it turned out the truck had faulty breaks or a malfunctioning steering column, for example, should I really be held liable if those things caused an accident?

I'm not saying this is what happened here, but it's certainly happened before. I think when someone is hurt or killed in an accident, every possible cause warrants thorough investigation. Ensuring the rental truck was properly maintained is just one of many things that needs to be carefully considered here.

--Grossman Law Offices


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