At approximately 6 p.m. on a recent Monday, what had been otherwise uneventful trip across a bridge on westbound I-30 in Texas resulted in a fatal accident. In addition to the man who died, several other people were transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The collision involved a tractor-trailer and 12 other vehicles.
Interstate 30 closed to traffic in the aftermath of the crash
As preliminary investigations unfolded, police estimated that westbound Interstate 30 would be shut down until at least, 11 p.m. that night. One can only imagine the destruction caused by a crash involving 13 vehicles. Tractor-trailer crashes often result in fatalities. Those who survive often have catastrophic injuries, particularly those affecting the spinal column or brain.
There are often more questions than answers after a collision
When police arrive at a crash site, they typically speak to anyone who was involved who is able to talk, as well as any witnesses who may have seen what took place. It is not uncommon, however, for it to take days or even weeks to determine exactly what or who may have caused a specific collision. In many past cases involving tractor-trailer drivers, it was later determined that an individual was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fell asleep at the wheel.
Getting life back on track after a motor vehicle collision
In cases where a recovering victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, it is often possible to return to work and normal daily life after a period of rest and recovery. When injuries are severe, surgery may be needed, and a person might continue to need daily living assistance for a while — or even permanently if a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury occurred. In tragic cases where someone is killed, an immediate family member of the decedent can choose to file a wrongful death claim in court if a Texas driver’s negligence was a causal factor in a loved one’s death.