Jackknife Truck Accident Leads to Elderly Fatality
This October has been a month for rain. While it's a blessing to some, it can be a detriment to others. According to an article on the Big Country Homepage website, an 86-year-old man was killed and an 84-year-old passenger went to the hospital with critical injuries. In a DPS statement, Billy Joy Bennett of Brownwood was pronounced dead at the scene of a semi-truck wreck about a mile east of Santa Anna in Coleman County. At around midday, on October 15th, a semi-truck jackknifed in the road while traveling east and went over into the other lane. Bennett's Towncar and one other vehicle was struck by the errant big rig. There were two people in the third vehicle involved in the truck accident and they were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The truck driver was also taken to the hospital in stable condition. DPS is still investigating the cause of the accident.
Wet Roads and Dangerous Truck Accidents
The old phrase that when it rains, it pours is an adage that is accurate at this moment. With the torrential downpour that occurred over the past week and a half across most (if not all) of the Big Country, there was a surge in traffic accidents. It's hard not to blame the rain when you see the increase. However, there are other factors at play when driving in a downpour. For instance, speed and tire quality can be two prominent factors in how safely you can drive in the rain. Other things like windshield wipers road quality are factors, as well. What it all boils down to is that it's better to be safe than sorry. Sadly, though other people traveling in the same weather conditions may not have the same idea of what constitutes safe driving habits that you have. A person driving a commercial vehicle may be pressed for time to deliver a product and so they may drive at unsafe speeds for the current road conditions and this can lead to an accident.
After an injuring accident, there can be a lengthy amount of back and forth between the injured party and the insurance company. Make no mistake that insurance companies are for-profit organizations and they will do what they feel necessary to keep their business as profitable as possible. This ideology can lead to unfair tactics to be employed in an attempt to get you to settle for a lowball offer. The Galbreath Law Firm in Abilene, TX can help fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential case and we work on a contingency fee basis so there is no financial risk on your part. Helping injured Texans is what we do and we don't get paid unless we bring a check to the table. Contact us if you have been injured in a commercial truck accident today!