Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: October 26 – November 1

Attorneys handling truck accident cases should be familiar with all the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. Of course just being familiar with the regulations is not enough. Attorneys must also conduct thorough discovery in order to apply those regulations to the facts of a specific case. I have handled numerous truck accidents throughout the United States, many of them similar to those noted below. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or call me at 1-800-628-4500.

TulsaWorld.com reports that an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was fatally injured Monday, October 25, when a dump truck T-boned his patrol car around 2:30 pm near Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He’d just exited the Turner Turnpike onto Oklahoma 97. The officer, who was just six months away from retiring after 31 years on the force, died the next day.

WillistonHerald.com reports that a cargo train hit a big rig hauling oil on Tuesday, October 26, killing the rig driver and setting several train cars on fire. The truck wreck, which appears to have happened because the driver was racing to cross the tracks ahead of the train, took place about seven miles northeast of Williston, North Dakota, on 54th Street, a dirt road mostly used for oil traffic. No one on the train was hurt. An Amtrak train hit a semi last October at the same crossing.

WMBFNews.com reports that a tractor driver was killed Thursday, October 28, in Green Sea, South Carolina, when he attempted to turn left as a box truck was passing him on the left. The truck accident happened as the two vehicles were heading west on Highway 410, aka Green Sea Road.

Statesman.com reports that a truck driver died when his 18-wheeler flipped and crashed early Saturday, October 30. The truck wreck happened on an overpass in North Austin, Texas, at U.S. 183 and MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1). The truck was hauling gasoline. After the crash, it was soon engulfed in flames. A Texas DOT spokesman estimated the disaster, which drew 20 fire trucks and 75 firefighters, caused $500,000 worth of damage to the ramp.

Chron.com reports that a motorcyclist died Saturday night in Houston, Texas, after crashing into a furniture delivery truck. The truck had just made a U-turn and was making a right turn from the center lane. The motorcyclist was traveling in the far right lane when the truck turned right, right into his path. This fatal truck wreck happened Saturday, October 30, on the service road of the 14700 block of the Katy Freeway in west Houston. The motorcyclist was flown to a nearby hospital, where he died.

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