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Yavonne Mayes tragically dies in Port Arthur crash involving semi

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas—Yavonne Meyes, of Houston, died March 27 in a terrible crash on State Highway 73 near Country Club Road.

Authorities said 21-year-old Chelby Venters of Katy, Texas, was driving a 2021 Chrysler passenger vehicle eastbound on the highway behind a 2007 Peterbilt truck-tractor when she failed to control her speed as traffic slowed. The Chrysler struck the rear of the semi-trailer at about 10:35 a.m.

Venters was transported to the hospital for treatment. Yavonne, a passenger in her vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Another passenger, identified as 20-year-old Val Ospino of Columbia, Texas, was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The tractor-truck driver, Gerard Damon, a 52-year-old Humble, Texas, man, did not suffer injuries.

Authorities are actively investigating the fatal accident. No additional information was immediately released.

Thoughts on the fatal accident that claimed the life of Yavonne Mayes

I am saddened to learn of the tragic, unexpected passing of Yavonne Mayes and offer my deepest condolences to the deceased family. From the reports provided, the deceased’s family is undoubtedly searching for answers as they seek to understand the passing of their loved one.

While the report provides little information, this accident may not be as simple as it seems. Many folks will look at this accident and conclude Ms. Venters is solely to blame. While the reports indicate Ms. Venters crashed into the semi, there may be other factors that contributed to this tragic loss of life.

For instance, underriding is one of the primary causes of death in accidents such as this one. Underriding is a term used when a vehicle travels under a semi-trailer. The height of a semi-trailer creates a serious risk of harm to fellow motorists because it prevents the front end of the rear-ending vehicle from absorbing the impact of a collision. This puts the vehicle’s occupants’ lives at risk and often ends in fatalities.

The trucking industry is aware of this risk and is charged with providing fellow motorists protection from this dangerous event. Unfortunately, my firm routinely handles cases similar to this one where the trucking company failed to take necessary precautions, and as a result, an innocent victim passed away.

An investigation of the accident will need to be conducted before we have a complete picture. However, it is important to recognize that when a life is lost due to another’s negligence, the family needs the answers and help they deserve. I pray the Mayes family can find the peace they need at this time.

Disclaimer: Our firm uses this blog to start important conversations about consumer safety. Those impacted by this accident, or an accident like it, can reach out to our firm for further information or to have this article removed. This content should not be construed as legal counsel or advice.

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