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Fatal Truck Accident Kills Two in Texas

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Two men were killed and one was injured in a two-car accident involving a 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer on Highway 181 in Texas, between Beeville and Normanna.

Mark Wesley Swisher and William Charles Mego were driving together in a Dodge pickup truck when a male driver in a Peterbilt driving the opposite direction veered into their lane and hit them head-on. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Peterbilt was transported to the hospital to treat injuries.

While it’s not immediately clear why the truck driver veered into the opposite lane, the Texas Department of Public Safety acknowledged that U.S. 181 was wet at the time of the crash.

Causes of Truck Accidents

While car accidents can occur at any time and for a variety of reasons, commercial truck accidents can be caused by unique factors.

Common causes include:

  • Fatigue: Many truck drivers are commercial employees and have to drive long hours across states, with little rest in between stops.
  • Improperly packed cargo: Cargo has been known to slip off the backs of trucks if improperly packed, resulting in hazards for the cars behind them and on the road in general.
  • Alcohol and drug use: Truck drivers sometimes have a few drinks at stops in between towns across the country, while some even carry alcohol and drugs with them while driving, resulting in distracted driving and delayed response times.
  • Speeding: While speeding is dangerous for any type of vehicle, trucks have weaker brakes and take longer to come to a full stop. Speeding can prevent drivers from stopping safely and can cause them to veer into another lane on the road.

Taking the Side of Individuals

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you should seek legal help immediately. Truck accidents, due to their sheer size, often result in more serious and sometimes fatal injuries that can also be expensive to treat with medical help. If you’ve been harmed due to another party’s negligence, you deserve to seek full compensation. Our law firm always take the side of the individual, and we’re not intimidated by insurance companies or trucking companies who will do what they can to evade responsibility.

Call the caring lawyers at Daspit Law Firm at (888) 273-1045, or contact us online if you’ve been involved in a truck accident. We’re committed to our clients’ cause and have won millions of dollars in damages that have gone to helping clients with their medical bills, lost wages, and more.

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