SOMERVILLE, Texas—Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez, 68, of Bryan, Texas, was killed in a crash with a 2009 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer just before 11 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that Barrientos-Mendez was driving a 2003 Ford F150 when he collided with a 2009 tractor-trailer on FM 60 at the Davidson Creek Bridge, about three miles northeast of Somerville in the Texas Hill Country.
A preliminary investigation by the Texas DPS indicates that the Peterbilt semi-truck attempted to exit a private drive when the Ford F150 struck the trailer of the Peterbilt. 68-year-old Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez, the driver of the Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger, who was transported to CHI St. Joseph Regional Health Hospital, was seriously injured. The driver of the Peterbilt was uninjured.
Farm to Market 60 was closed for five hours while authorities investigated and emergency crews responded to the crash.
Investigation into this accident is ongoing, and no additional information was made public at this time.
Barrientos-Mendez and his passenger have a potential claim for negligence against the truck driver and the truck driver’s employer
Despite the lack of details revealed by Texas Department of Public Safety, it looks like the Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was negligent while operating such a large vehicle. The preliminary report released by investigators states that the 18-wheeler left a private driveway, attempting to enter FM 60, which would indicate that the driver of the large truck entered a main thoroughfare when unsafe to do so, failing to yield right of way to the now-deceased driver of the Ford F150. However, in order to determine exactly what factors were involved in this tragic wreck, the family of Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez and his passenger would benefit by consulting an experienced attorney who will conduct an independent investigation of the truck driver’s actions and the safety practices and procedures of any commercial trucking company involved.
Truck drivers are operating vehicles of massive size and weight and, therefore, must be constantly aware of their surroundings. In this situation, it appears as though the semi-truck driver was not keeping a proper lookout and may have been distracted. Perhaps the driver was allowed to log too many hours without taking a break or sleeping. It is also possible that the semi-truck driver did not have the proper education to avoid the accident with Barrientos-Mendez. Truck drivers are responsible for their actions, and the commercial trucking companies who employ them can also be held liable for their negligence. It is the job of a trucking company to teach its drivers the rules of transportation and safety. If a truck driver is not taught how to avoid a deadly collision such as this, the trucking company could share in the liability of the accident.
Consequently, the family of Barrientos-Mendez and Barrientos-Mendez’ passenger are entitled to pursue a claim against the truck driver and his employer. To effectuate the chances of their success, an independent investigation is necessary to determine exactly where the driver and the trucking company were negligent in relation to this tragic accident. At The Ammons Law Firm, we have the expertise and the resources to conduct this independent legal investigation. We have been helping car wreck victims put together the pieces of the factors which contributed to their accidents for over 30 years. It is our mission to gather as much information as possible to help our clients pursue recovery from these large trucking companies as well as to prevent these companies from making the roadways that our loved ones must travel dangerous places to be.