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Semi-truck Accident Claims Life of James Gillon on Highway 62 in Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, Texas –  A man lost his life Sunday night when a 2018 Peterbilt Module Truck and 2007 Nissan Murano crashed.

DPS reports state a 2018 Peterbilt Module Truck was westbound on Highway 62 when the truck made a left turn on CR 3800. The Murano hit the truck.

Gillon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Circumstances surrounding this collision will be updated as more details become available.

Thoughts on Left Turn Semi-Truck Fatal Accident

Another preventable accident involving a large truck making a left turn. These accidents happen too often, and steps must be taken to prevent them. Fatal intersection crashes are most likely caused by left-turning vehicles (Department of Transportation), and large trucks, in particular, are more prone to these deadly collisions because of their length, weight, and size. For this reason, trucks must stay vigilant when turning and follow basic road rules to ensure motorists’ safety.

Truckers have to deal with blind spots, spatial reasoning, speed judgments, and ongoing traffic when turning left. This requires an attentive, experienced driver who can safely maneuver the truck and share the lanes with other motorists. When a truck driver is distracted, speeding, inexperienced, or careless, they can delay reaction time and place motorists in a dangerous environment. Inattentiveness on the road can lead to disastrous consequences. Truckers who choose to drive negligently should be held responsible for any serious injuries or deaths they cause.

Trucking companies may also share partial fault when their drivers’ actions cause devastating wrecks. Before allowing their employees to share the roadways with other motorists, trucking companies must ensure their drivers have enough experience to maneuver intersection turns safely. Plus, employers have an obligation to vet drivers and to provide traffic law safety training. Trucking companies must take everyone’s safety seriously.

My hope is for all the details of this deadly accident to continue to come out and for the negligent parties to be held responsible.


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.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

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