Gaines County, Texas – A 60-year-old man lost his life when a semi-truck failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. The incident took place on Highway 62/82 near County Road 215 in Gaines County, Texas.
According to reports, the southbound semi-truck failed to yield and began to cross the westbound lanes when a motorcycle traveling west struck the truck’s trailer.
The motorcyclist died at the scene, while the semi-truck driver did not sustain any injuries.
No other details have been provided.
Thoughts on Semi-Trucks that Fail to Stop
We are seeing this time and time again: large trucks ignoring basic safety traffic rules, like yielding the right-of-way, causing devastating accidents. In 2018 alone, trucks failing to yield caused 226 fatalities ( Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Truck drivers who cause serious injuries or death by violating safety road laws need to be held accountable for their negligent actions.
If the reports are accurate, the trucker’s conduct should be investigated to determine exactly why he failed to yield. Was he distracted, impaired, or fatigued? Was there a mechanical failure? Did the driver have a medical emergency? What transpired in the moment leading up to the crash will provide answers to the surviving family.
In addition, the company employing the driver needs to be investigated. Did the trucking company provide its drivers with safety training? Did the trucking company vet its drivers for repeated traffic violations and red flags on their driving records? Did the trucking company have a culture of safety over profits?
Trucking companies have a duty to the motoring public to place safe drivers on our roadways. When trucking companies ignore this duty, people are seriously injured and killed. The surviving family deserves answers. What preventative measures were taken by the trucking company to protect innocent motorcyclists?
May all wrongdoers who share fault in this terrible accident be held accountable.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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