Large trucks known as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, diesel trucks or semi trucks are dangerous just because they’re so heavy and can crush a car. But oversized 18-wheeler trucks can cause dangers in other ways than weight — including their height.
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, an oversized 18-wheeler struck an overpass which was under construction over Interstate 35 in Salado, Texas. The impact dislodged two large construction beams from the overpass for FM 2484 to cross I-35. The concrete beams crashed onto two more semi trucks and onto two pickup trucks below, killing one innocent driver and injuring three others. The first tractor trailer also had its cab damaged and was wedged under the overpass.
This horrible toll in human life and in property damage happened apparently because an 18-wheeler was too high and hit the overpass — even though the overpass height was clearly stated on signs posted ahead of the accident site.
Killed in the crash was Clark Brandon Davis, 32, of Arlington, Texas. He’d been driving one of the pickup trucks which were smashed by the falling overpass beams. He’s said to be survived by a girlfriend and by a daughter, 7 years old.
The three injured persons in the crash — including the driver of the oversized truck — were transported to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. Their injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the 14-foot height of the overpass was indicated by proper signs along the route preceding it. Road signs are there for a reason — in this case to warn about the dangers of oversized trucks.
For such large vehicles as an 18-wheeler, a driver should know the height of the vehicle at all times — including its load — in order to avoid such crashes. When a vehicle’s height is more than the height of a bridge or overpass, that vehicle must be diverted.
But road signs aren’t the only way for a driver to know this. By law, an oversized truck must be registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV then can alert such vehicles’ drivers when they must take another route, and it can show them where to divert.
If someone in your family has been harmed by an 18-wheeler crash, alert Jim Adler & Associates today. We’ll give you a free legal evaluation and help steer you toward a possible successful settlement for your injury case.
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