Since the first of June, there have been 22 serious wrecks involving 18-wheelers in the state of Texas. A total of 10 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.
- June 3rd, 2015, Houston, Texas–At least two people are dead and around 10 people injured after a crash on I-10 in Weimar, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The crash happened about 12:40 p.m. It involved two 18-wheeler trucks and a commercial bus. Texas DPS said the bus hit the back of an 18-wheeler and caused that truck to hit another 18-wheeler.
- June 4th, 2015, Cass County, Texas— An East Texas woman is dead and a teenager is recovering after a car wreck involving an 18-wheeler Wednesday night. Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation say Linda Messer, 44, of Atlanta, Texas was killed and Jessica Barnett, 17, also from Atlanta, was injured after their car reportedly collided with an 18-wheeler.
- June 4th, 2015, Bryan, Texas— Eastbound Hwy 21 near FM 2818 is back open after a deadly crash involving a jackknifed 18-wheeler, that killed one person. PS Troopers, Bryan Police, and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The wreck happened at around 10:00AM Thursday and involved a 4-door sedan, a pickup truck and the 18-wheeler. Two 18 wheelers were traveling eastbound on Highway 21, when according to DPS Troopers, a four door sedan traveling westbound on 21 crossed over the center line. One 18-wheeler was able to steer away, but the other 18-wheeler was unable to avoid colliding with the sedan. The sedan then spun into the path of a white pickup that was behind the 18-wheelers. The driver of the pickup was treated at the hospital and released, and the driver of the 18-wheeler was not hurt.
- June 6th, 2015, Houston, Texas— A woman has died after being involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler early Saturday morning in southeast Houston, according to officials. Around 2:45 a.m. the woman was driving an SUV and crashed into an 18-wheeler truck at South Loop East Freeway at Highway 225. The woman apparently did not see the truck parked on the side of the road before slamming into the back end. She reportedly died on impact. The driver of the 18-wheeler had pulled over to the right side of the freeway after having trouble with the vehicle, officials said.
- June 15th, 2015, Williamson County, Texas—A man was killed in a crash between a van and an 18-wheeler along Interstate 35 late Monday night. According to Department of Public Safety dispatch, the crash occurred in the northbound lanes of I-35 around 9 p.m. Monday between mile markers 271 and 272 in Jarrell. Authorities on scene say the semi-truck was at a complete stop when the driver of the van ran into the back of the truck. The man driving the van was pronounced dead on scene. The semi-truck driver was not injured.
- June 18th, 2015, Odessa, Texas— A 41-year-old Odessa man died Wednesday night after his motorcycle collided with a semi-truck, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Jason Givens was driving his 1999 Harley Davidson at about 9:09 p.m. Wednesday northbound on FM 1882 about a mile south of Odessa, according to the release. A 2003 semi-truck and trailer, driven by 47-year-old Frederick Antonio Washington of Tallahassee, Fla., attempted to turn onto FM 1882 from a side lot, according to the release. Washington failed to yield right of way to Givens, according to the release, and the motorcycle and semi-truck collided.
- June 23rd, 2015, San Antonio, Texas— Bexar County deputies were investigating a deadly accident on Ralph Fair Road Tuesday morning, where they say an 18 wheeler ran over a wheelchair-bound homeless man and kept going. Investigators have not called it a hit and run, but an accident with a fatal ending. Investigators believe a semi-truck ran over the wheelchair-bound homeless man as he slept next to his wheelchair and dragged him unknowingly for about 75 yards. Deputies believe the truck was unaware the victim was under the truck and kept going. Deputies are checking nearby stores to see if the incident was caught on tape. The victim was a military veteran who had set up camp at the location deputies said
- June 26th, 2015, Houston, Texas— A woman was killed when she was cut off by an 18-wheeler driving on the 610 North Loop. It happened around 11:00pm last night at the exit to Irvington. Police say the driver of the big rig was carrying a roll of steel and tried to take the exit. The driver then changed his mind and cut back onto the freeway right in front of an SUV. A 24-year-old year old female driver of the SUV then slammed into the back of the semi-truck. She died at the scene. The driver was the only one in the SUV. Police are still investigating the accident.
- June 30th, 2015, Bacliff, Texas— A lawn contractor working alongside a highway was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler in the Bacliff area Tuesday morning. According to Texas City police, Edson Alaniz Manzano, 20, was weed-eating along Highway 146 at FM 646 when the big rig veered off the road and struck him. A 55-year-old man from Kentucky was driving the empty tanker from La Porte to Texas City. Investigators said they believe he may have had a medical issue. There were no signs of intoxication. Cortez said when the driver got out of the truck, he looked stunned. However he was cooperating with paramedics and police. The victim was employed by a landscaping company called BIO. The company did not wish to comment about the incident Tuesday afternoon. At the time of the crash, the victim was contracting for the Texas Department of Transportation.
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.