On Wednesday, July 6, in Gonzales County, Texas, a truck tractor failed to slow down near a construction site and hit several other vehicles. Four individuals were killed, and a minor was injured.

The Fatal Truck Crash

At 11:22 on the morning of July 6, a 2021 Volvo truck tractor was traveling eastbound in the right lane of Interstate 10 near the city of Waelder, Texas within Gonzales County. The truck was towing a semi-trailer and was carrying a female passenger as well as a male driver.

The driver of the truck failed to slow down at a construction site and subsequently hit a 2020 BMW. The BMW was carrying a female driver and two minors. After colliding with the BMW, the truck continued to travel forward, striking more vehicles in its path. Three truck tractors with trailers and three passenger vehicles were involved in the accident. 

At 11:50 AM, the trucker, the trucker’s passenger, the driver of the BMW, and an 11-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger from the BMW suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital. The drivers and passengers from the other two truck tractors and two passenger vehicles didn’t report any injuries. 

Interstate 10 was shut down from the time of the crash to 11:40 that evening, and an investigation is currently underway by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

5 Tips to Stay Safe When Driving Near Construction Zones

Construction zones can be dangerous for drivers for many reasons, including loose debris, uneven roads, and congested traffic. Construction zones have lower speed limits to help reduce these risks. However, when drivers don’t see the signs, ignore them, or simply aren’t paying attention, an accident can easily occur.

Follow these five driving tips to stay safe whenever you’re driving near a construction zone. 

  • Be Alert – When you are traveling near a construction zone, workers, work trucks, and other vehicles may be moving all around you. Stay alert, watch out for any changes in traffic, and be prepared to react quickly.
  • Put Away Distractions – Refrain from using your cellphone, eating, drinking, or even changing the radio station. These distractions can easily take your attention off the road. 
  • Plan Ahead – If you know there’s likely to be construction on the way to your destination, plan to leave a little early to avoid feeling rushed. 
  • Switch Early, Not Late — Make sure to change lanes well in advance of the zone. Don’t wait till the last possible second to squeeze between vehicles.
  • Don’t Tailgate – Watch your distance between you and the vehicles in front of you. Rear-end auto accidents are some of the most common crashes in construction zones.
  • Follow the Rules – Keep an eye out and obey any signs or flaggers that are giving instructions. These may include reduced speed limit or stop signs. 

Driving responsibly in construction zones doesn’t just help keep you safe; it can help keep construction workers and other drivers and passengers on the road safe, as well.  Slowing down in a construction zone may save your life or the lives of those you love. 

Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident? Reach out to the experienced truck accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for help with your case today.

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Source: The Gonzales Inquirer

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.