Two Teens Injured in Baytown 18-Wheeler Collision
Sadly, two area teens were injured and airlifted to a Houston hospital Monday evening. According to reports, they suffered injuries in an 18-wheeler crash. The crash occurred around 11:15 PM on Monday, March 13, 2017.
While the details are still unfolding, it appears the collision took place near the intersection of Decker Drive and Oakland Street. The teens’ pickup truck was traveling southeast on Decker Drive when the collision occurred. Apparently, the 18-wheeler was pulling out from a private driveway or side street. Traffic traveling the same directions as the teens’ pickup truck normally has the right-of-way.
As an attorney who handles trucking cases, several questions come to mind. Some questions are:
1) Did the 18-wheeler force the right-of-way? 2) Did the 18-wheeler cut off safe passage for the pickup truck by covering both travel lanes? 3) Since the pickup truck had the right-of-way, why didn’t the 18-wheeler simply wait for the pickup truck to pass by? 4) Were the 18-wheeler’s marker lights functioning properly? 5) Did truck driver fatigue play a role in the collision? And 7) What does the 18-wheeler’s “black box” record with regard to its acceleration and breaking history immediately before the crash?
In short, there is probably a whole lot more to this case than the preliminary reports suggest. Given the nuances of this case, these teens should avoid giving any statements to anyone without the assistance of legal counsel.
Moreover, while the families are dealing with injuries, the trucking company is preparing its defense. Trucking companies typically have what’s known as a “rapid response team.” So, while families are focused on recovering from injuries, the trucking company is focused on preparing its defense of the case.
Attorney Dan Linebaugh is the author of the book, 9 Costly Mistakes that People Make Following an 18-Wheeler Crash, and is a frequent lecturer regarding truck litigation. Mr. Linebaugh is Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been inducted into the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum as a life member.