Since the first of January, there have been 36 serious wrecks involving 18-wheelers in the state of Texas. A total of 17 people were killed as a result of these wrecks, while many more were hurt and millions of dollars in property damage was accrued. Below is a summary of the most serious wrecks.
- January 5 th, 2015 El Paso, TX – A semitruck driver lost his life in a two-vehicle accident on the far east side of El Paso Saturday around 10 p.m. Special Traffic Investigators say a Honda Civic was traveling over the speed limit on the eastbound lanes of I-10 near Eastlake Boulevard. The driver lost control of the car, hit the rail and bounced back to the roadway—where an 18-wheeler was traveling with two people inside. In the attempt to avoid the car, the truck driver, who was later identified as Aries J. Kar, lost control of the wheel. Both vehicles collided, creating a jackknife accident.
- January 6 th, 2015 Tyler, TX – The driver of a semi-truck is dead after he lost control of his vehicle while towing another tractor-trailer. Department of Public Safety reports 50-year-old Jeffrey Paul Ewald of Tyler was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Quincy Beavers. Ewald was traveling west on FM 2908, and failed to stop at the intersection of Hwy. 271 running off the left side of the road. The fatal wreck occurred about two miles north of Tyler in Smith County. Ewald was not wearing a seat belt according to DPS Troopers.
- January 9 th, 2015 Gregg County, TX – Officials say a vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 20 slammed into parked vehicle on the shoulder of the road. Witnesses say the vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic before it hit the parked semitrailer. The two people in the first vehicle were killed. Fire department officials say the vehicle was licensed out of Mexico and was hauling a load of television sets when it struck the 18-wheeler. On impact, the TVs were ejected from the car. The vehicle had a sleeping chamber in it, where a passenger was asleep. Officials say the person likely never woke up during the wreck
- January 14 th, 2015 San Antonio, TX – One person died after a major crash involving a car and a semi-truck Monday morning on the West Side of San Antonio. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith said a big rig, carrying supplies into the Waterford Park subdivision, crossed the westbound lane of Culebra Road. A motorist heading east slammed into the truck, pinning the car underneath.
- January 15 th, 2015 Asherton, TX – A van slammed into a toppled tanker truck carrying oil, killing five men in a fiery crash Thursday on a South Texas highway, officials said. The tanker truck had rolled onto its side about 7 a.m. after it struck a pickup that had slowed on U.S. 83 near Asherton, about 115 miles south of San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The van carrying the five men then struck the truck’s tank, as did another vehicle, said DPS Trooper Maria Loredo. Both the van and the other vehicle burst into flames.
- January 15 th, 2015 Brownsboro, TX – One person has been killed in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday in Brownsboro. The wreck, involving an 18-wheeler, stalled traffic on westbound Highway 31, just past FM 3204. Deputies say multiple witnesses reported that shortly before 1 p.m. an East Texas woman was traveling westbound in a Honda on Highway 31 when her vehicle veered into the eastbound lane. A man driving an 18-wheeler veered into the westbound lane to avoid her vehicle and when she attempted to get back into the westbound lane, the vehicles collided
- January 20 th, 2015 Tyler, TX – Trooper Jean Dark said witnesses said the man in the passenger vehicle lost control of his vehicle and slid sideways into the path of the tractor-trailer. Trooper Dark said the man driving the passenger vehicle was killed in the accident and the truck driver was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
- January 24 th, 2015 Houston, TX – Two people were killed early Saturday when a Chevrolet Impala slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler truck towing a flatbed trailer on the East Sam Houston Parkway North feeder road near Tidwell Road, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. The driver of the rig had stopped looking for an address at about 3 a.m. when the wreck occurred. The occupants of the Impala have not been identified pending notification of their relatives.
- January 27 th, 2015 Whitney, TX – An 81-year-old Fort Worth man has died in a Dallas hospital of injuries he sustained in a vehicle crash on Tuesday in Whitney. Whitney police reported Thursday that Joseph Miller, 81, died at Parkland Hospital, in Dallas, after he was taken there following a crash at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at Farm-to-Market 933 and State Highway 22, in Whitney. The impact left the 18-wheeler, which was hauling dirt, in a roadside ditch and the car in the center of the intersection, police said. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Jerry Kelly, 56, of Joshua, was taken by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco in fair condition, police said.
Remember, if you are involved in a truck wreck, the first thing you should do is assess your health and call 911 if you or someone else involved in the accident has been injured. After making certain that necessary medical needs have been met, immediately call a lawyer from the Parker Law Firm. We specialize in big rig wrecks and will diligently seek all of the facts regarding the wreck to ensure that you and your loved ones are fairly represented and receive the compensation that you deserve. 18-wheeler wrecks happen every day and the damage done almost always results in stacks of medical bills. It is our job to make sure that those bills are paid by those responsible, not those injured by the recklessness and negligence of big rig operators. At the Parker Law Firm, people matter. We fight tooth and nail for the truth, and we will make sure that you are made whole so that you can move on to a happy and healthy life.