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Rollover crash on I-40 in Amarillo leaves one in critical condition

AMARILLO, Texas — One person was hospitalized in critical condition following a collision between a car and a semi-truck on Interstate 40 in Amarillo.

Few details have been reported thus far, but it is reported that a passenger vehicle heading east collided with a semi-truck and rolled several times before coming to a stop in the westbound lanes.

One individual was transported to a local hospital following the accident and is in critical condition.

No further information was immediately available.

Thoughts on the 18-wheeler crash that left one seriously injured.

Our best wishes go to the victim of this crash as they recover, and we are grateful there were no fatalities reported at this time. Our firm represents victims of passenger car/semi-truck highway crashes every day, and while we must wait for an investigation to draw any concrete conclusions, the facts here are comparable to many cases we are currently handling.

Improperly executed and unsafe lane changes are one of the leading causes of highway collisions involving semi-trucks. Truck drivers frequently neglect to allow an adequate amount of space to execute lane changes, resulting in collisions with passenger vehicles. Another frequent cause of accidents handled by our firm is a failure to check blind spots. Significant blind spots are inherent in vehicles as large as semi-trucks, and truck drivers frequently fail to account for them. Findings of driver negligence in one or more ways will provide the injured victim a path to recover against the driver and his company.

Alternatively, if it can be shown that the passenger vehicle in question was structurally flawed in a way that negatively impacted its ability to prevent serious injury in the event of a crash, the injured may have a basis to recover against the manufacturer under a crashworthiness theory. There are numerous rules and regulations governing the safety features vehicles must have to be deemed safe to operate, and accident investigations often yield evidence that basic safety features on the vehicle failed to operate properly. A finding of this nature may allow for recovery against the car or parts manufacturer.

Legal investigations conducted by our firm often yield numerous potential opportunities to seek relief for our clients, and we pursue each claim diligently to get the best results possible. Given the nature of this accident, it is incredibly fortunate there were no fatalities. Our thoughts are with the victim, and we hope for a speedy recovery.

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