BURLESON COUNTY, Texas –Tuesday morning in Burleson County, a vehicle collision along FM 50 resulted in the loss of one life. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has confirmed the details of the incident.
The accident occurred south of FM 60 in Burleson County, where FM 50 intersects with FM 60. Preliminary findings from the DPS investigation indicate that a 2018 Freightliner 18-wheeler was traveling southbound on FM 50. Reports indicate that an 18-wheeler failed to yield the right of way and collided with a 2016 Honda traveling eastbound on FM 60. The driver of the Honda, Jessica Ramos, 24, of Bryan, was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
The 18-wheeler driver sustained injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical care.
The Snook Volunteer Fire Department reported that FM 50 was temporarily and fully closed in both directions near FM 60 to facilitate emergency response and investigation efforts.
The Texas DPS continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic collision.
Truck Accidents Resulting in Death Must Be Investigated to Ensure the Family Receives Justice and Similar Accidents are Prevented in the Future.
Each year, thousands of families lose a loved one in large truck accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5,700 people lost their lives in a traffic collision involving a large truck in 2021. And in 2021, like the innocent life of Jessica Ramos tragically cut short, 72 percent of deaths from large-truck accidents are occupants of vehicles other than the trucks. While there are many factors that can lead to a road collision with a truck, many times, these tragic accidents can be traced back to driver error or negligence on the part of the trucking company.
Truck drivers who glance at their phones or take their eyes off the road for any reason, drive faster than conditions permit, or engage in other actions that increase the chance of accidents put the lives of innocent motorists at risk. Commercial operators who choose to put other people’s lives at risk by disregarding basic rules of safety must be held accountable.
Trucking companies also have the duty to hire safe drivers and provide them with proper training before sending them out on the road. When a trucking company disregards a trucker’s past driving record and fails to implement training to ensure safe driving practices, accidents happen. These are not the kind of trucking companies we want operating on our roadways.
To determine the extent of wrongdoing in this case, the accident will need to be investigated by trained professionals who can help determine the full extent of fault between the parties. With this information, we can help protect others from suffering the same losses by holding the wrongdoers accountable in a court of law.
Until then, we will continue to advocate on behalf of injured victims and families who have lost loved ones in preventable accidents.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in truck accident cases, with extensive experience in dealing with commercial truck accidents.
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