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Bus, 18-wheeler collision kills school teacher

Teacher and cheerleader sponsor Elizabeth Pope lost her life when the cheerleading bus she was returning home on from a football playoff game on Friday, December 2 at around 10:46 p.m. collided with an 18-wheeler that was headed east on Interstate 20, which is located about a mile west of Big Spring in Howard County, Texas.

Investigators said the truck crossed the center median after swerving to avoid a car in front of them and losing control and entered the westbound lanes, causing the collision with the bus.

Driver Christina Garlock, Pope, three 17-year-old girls, two 15-year-old girls, and a 14-year-old girl were rushed to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring and later, Kiara Hodge, Katie Kent, and a third cheerleader would be moved to University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to CBS7.

Our deepest condolences go out to the teacher and sponsor, who was no doubt close to many in the school. The attorneys at Williams Hart also hope for the speedy recovery of the driver and all injured cheerleaders.

18-wheeler and SUV collision kills woman

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that 75-year-old Denton resident Beverly Chambers lost her life in a two-vehicle collision. Chambers’ accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Route 380 (University Drive) and Marshall Road in Denton around 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, September 15.

According to the Denton Police Department spokesman Shane Kizer, Chambers was driving a Ford SUV south on Marshall Road when an 18-wheeler collided with her vehicle’s driver side. Selwyn College Preparatory School secretary Gail Summers said the intersection of Marshall Road and U.S. Route 380 is near her school, and the speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. during school days and 45 mph for non-school days.

Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford said that around the time of the accident, “initial indications are that all necessary measures were in place, including a changeable message sign notifying motorists of the traffic switch, new stop bar pavement markings, and new stop signs with orange flags.”


UPS truck driver dies in Walker County two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle collision happened near Farm to Market Road 1696 along Interstate 45 at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14. The site of the accident is located north of Huntsville in Walker County. According to an article by KBTX, the collision resulted in the death of a truck driver working for UPS delivering packages.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Huntsville Police Department, a semi-truck for UPS collided with an 18-wheeler truck that was hauling vehicles. Both vehicles were traveling along the highway when the accident occurred. In a related development, a vehicle slammed into the back of the Huntsville Police Department squad car as police investigators conducted a probe into the initial collision. The occupant of the vehicle sustained minor injuries during the incident.

The attorneys at Williams Hart see tragic deaths as the result of trucking accidents far too often. Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims of this accident as they move forward.

One hurt in two 18-wheeler accidents in Cherokee County

Two 18-wheeler trucks that have been hauling cattle flipped over on Highway 79 at Farm to Market Road 856 in Cherokee County, Texas last Wednesday, August 17 at around 5:30 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations, one of the cattle haulers overturned along the highway before the second truck can even come into the scene. Then when the second truck came into the vicinity, it swerved to try to avoid the truck that was blocking the roadway, causing it to also overturn.

Police investigators said some of the cattle from the first truck may have gotten out of their cages and probably had caused the second truck to flip over. At least three of the cows were killed during the incident.

One person was hospitalized with injuries of an unknown nature because of the incident.

If a truck driver in Texas is responsible for your personal injury accident, seek the legal services of our attorneys at Williams Hart by filling out the contact information sheet at the top of the page or calling (800) 220-9341.

Family of man killed in collision on icy Texas road wins $37.9M

The family of 42-year-old Fredericksburg resident Manuel Galindo was awarded $37.9 million by a Dallas County jury on Tuesday, July 19. Galindo was killed in a two-vehicle accident along State Highway 29 near Burnet at around 6 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2015.

Court records showed that DeSoto resident David Shoots was driving an 18-wheeler owned and operated by auto parts retailer O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. Shoots lost control of his vehicle, causing it to crash into the guard rail and come to a stop. The truck was positioned such that the trailer was obstructing all lanes of the road. Galindo ran into the truck in his Chevy Astro minivan after he was unable to stop and avoid the semi.

Stuart White, the legal counsel for Galindo’s family, said Shoots was using his cellphone while he was driving, which caused the accident. His truck also did not have reflective cones in front, which would have made it visible to other motorists.

Injuries incurred in truck accidents are often far more severe than injuries sustained in other types of accidents, mainly due to the size of the vehicle involved. If your loved one was critically injured or killed in a large commercial truck accident in Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Hart by calling our offices today at (800) 220-9341.

Man escapes 18-wheeler crash with only minor injuries

The driver of a Chevrolet pick-up truck suffered only minor injuries after an 18-wheeler slammed into him near Bryan, causing his truck to roll over. After the 18-wheeler became stuck behind a slower car, the driver attempted to change lanes, failing to see the 30-year-old driver of the pick-up truck stopping for a left turn. The 18-wheeler failed to stop in time, rear-ending the Chevrolet. The accident ended up causing traffic delays on North Texas Avenue before clearing up, and the driver of the 18-wheeler was ticketed with failure to control speed.

Unfortunately, not all 18-wheeler accidents end with only minor injuries. In far too many cases, semi-truck accidents can lead to serious injuries and, in the worst cases, death. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the carelessness of an 18-wheeler driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to pursue compensation from the responsible party. The Texas legal team at Williams Hart is ready to help you fight for the compensation you need. Fill out the contact form at the top of this page to get in touch with one of our representatives today.

Five killed in Fort Worth multi-vehicle freeway wreck

One wreck led to another on the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near Oakland Boulevard, resulting in the deaths of five people and injuries of 12 others, WFAA 8 reported on April 12.

At around 2:30 a.m., a single-vehicle accident occurred, prompting witnesses to pull over and assist those in the crash. Tragically, an oncoming semi-truck failed to avoid the small crowd, hitting pedestrians and vehicles, and ultimately bursting into flames.

A spokesperson for MedStar confirmed that four of the five fatal victims died at the scene of the truck accident, while another was pronounced dead some time after being transported to a nearby hospital.

A representative from the Fort Worth Fire Department said the cause of the fire that erupted on the semi-truck has yet to be determined. Although the truck driver was listed among the injured, police reports indicate that he did not seem to be in serious condition.

Man hit by 18-wheeler loses his life

Accidents that involve semi-trucks can be devastating, especially when a smaller vehicle or pedestrian is involved, due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler. One tragic accident occurred recently on a highway in north east Texas.

A semi-truck driver ran from his vehicle after a truck fire started for unknown reasons. As he escaped from the truck, an oncoming 18-wheeler hit him, resulting in his death, NBC6 reported on December 2.

According to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at 6:40 a.m. along the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Harrison County, Texas. The highway was temporarily reduced to one lane in the aftermath.

The victim, whose name was not released by authorities, had been hauling furniture.

The attorneys with Williams Hart are deeply sorry this incident occurred and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.

Driver killed in 18-wheeler fall from overhead road

The life of 44-year-old big rig driver James Marshall Warden was claimed in a deadly 18-wheeler crash where U.S. Route 183 intersects with MoPac in Austin, Texas, KXAN reported on November 11.

The northbound lanes at the intersection reopened at 8:10 a.m. after eight hours of closure in the accident’s wake. According to the Austin Police Department, Warden died instantly after the 18-wheeler he was driving fell from an elevated road above and erupted into flames.

Investigators are still attempting to definitively determine the cause of the accident, and all theories reveal the inherent dangers of 18-wheelers. The truck was hauling furniture; it is a possibility that the furniture shifted and, coupled with stronger winds on the elevated road, the massive vehicle may have been thrown off balance. It is not uncommon for drivers of these top-heavy vehicles to lose control for a variety of factors.

The attorneys of Williams Hart are deeply sorry this incident occurred and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family grieving over this great loss.

Semi-truck crushes car in fatal accident

A traffic accident involving a car and an 18-wheeler along Highway 225 westbound near Preston Road in Pasadena, Texas claimed the life of a woman on October 27, KPRC reported.

According to preliminary investigations, plastic containers flew off the trailer a pickup truck was hauling in front of the woman’s vehicle in traffic. The pickup truck driver stopped on the side of the road to pick up the containers, causing the woman behind him to slow down. Allegedly, the semi-truck driver failed to notice her braking, and the driver completely drove on top of the vehicle.

The police closed off Highway 225 to public use at around 9 a.m. to allow for emergency medical responders to retrieve the victim’s body, opening the road to traffic at around six hours later. No charges have yet been filed, but the incident remains under investigation, according to a statement made by police spokesman Vance Mitchell.