Two 18-wheelers collided in Reeves County on Friday, July 31, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The accident occurred at approximately 9:35 p.m. on U.S. Highway 285, several miles south of Pecos.
Trucker Attempts Left Turn
A press release from the TDPS reports that a 49-year-old man from Fort Stockton was driving a semi southbound when he attempted a left turn on to a lease road. At the same time, a trucker from Saucillo, Mexico, attempted to pass on the left. The two semis collided, and the first rig caught on fire. The second rig came to a stop in an open field.
One Killed, One Injured
The Fort Stockton man did not survive the crash. Emergency personnel transported the other trucker to Reeves County Hospital in Pecos. As of Monday, August 3, he was in stable condition, according to the Odessa American.
Although the investigation into this particular accident in ongoing, Texas law does provide victims of certain traffic accidents a means to seek redress in civil court. When it is reasonable to allege that negligent conduct contributed to a crash, victims often seek compensation for unpaid medical bills, pain-and-suffering and lost wages. Survivors of those that die in wrecks often seek monetary damages for loss of companionship and burial expenses.
If you or someone you know is a victim of a truck accident, it is possible to discuss the matter with a Odessa personal injury lawyer focused on relevant aspects of the law. Our firm offers this type of consultation free of charge. We fight the insurance companies to get our clients the full compensation that they deserve. To learn more, please contact us.