A recent early morning collision with a cement truck in San Antonio left one driver dead and closed the road for several hours as emergency crews worked to free the victim and clear debris. According to reports, the driver of a pickup heading north on Green Mountain Road crossed into the southbound lane on a blind curve near Loop 1604. The pickup crashed head-on into the mixer truck, which was on its way to deliver a load of concrete.
The pickup driver was airlifted to the hospital, where he later died. The condition of the mixer driver was not reported, but we assume he was not seriously injured.
We’re sure the driver of the truck, who was suddenly faced with another vehicle coming at him in the wrong lane, was shaken up by the crash. The mixer driver can count himself lucky that he was inside a large, heavy truck and not another passenger car. A head-on collision is something no one should ever have to experience. When a head-on collision takes place between a truck and a car, it’s an even more unpleasant event with an outcome that is all too predictable.
When a car tangles with a large truck, the car almost always loses. Simple physics determines this. A typical truck weighs 26,000 pounds or more, while a pickup of the class involved in this crash weighs only around 5,000 pounds empty. The cement truck in this crash, if fully loaded, might have weighed as much as 66,000 pounds. That difference can’t be ignored: In 2014, only 17 percent of those killed in truck collisions were occupants of the truck.
Texas had the dubious distinction of having both the largest number of fatal vehicle crashes and the largest number of fatal truck crashes in 2014. Within the state, San Antonio ranks depressingly high on the list of truck crashes. In 2015, Bexar County saw more than 2,400 crashes involving commercial vehicles, the third most in the state. Those crashes killed twelve and injured nearly 600.
It might seem that the chance of a crash with a cement truck is not terribly high, but this isn’t even the first accident of this kind in Texas this year. A driver was killed in February when a truck crossed the median and hit a car in Anna.
Of course, cement trucks are not the only large vehicles involved in collisions that lead to injury or death. Less than two weeks before the Green Mountain Road crash, one person died and another was critically injured when a large truck crashed into a stalled vehicle on I-35. In September, two people were killed and three injured when a pickup crashed head-on into a dump truck on San Antonio’s south side. In Austin, where we also have an office, a man was killed just last week when he crashed into a garbage truck.
We’d like to be able to report that this crash is the last one of its kind that we’ll hear about, but we know that’s not true. When people are injured or killed in this kind of crash, they and their surviving family members need help recovering the costs of medical bills, property damage, lost wages and income, and other expenses that result. That’s where we can help.
At Colley & Colley, LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience with truck accident and car accident law. We understand the complicated nature of these cases, and we give each case the attention it deserves. Give us a call at 1-877-411-2001 or complete the form on this page to learn more. Schedule a free consultation so that we can discuss the details of your particular situation and help you understand what comes next.