On the morning of Saturday, June 11, in San Antonio, Texas, a truck and Sedan collided before swerving together into a pedestrian, telephone pole, concrete wall, and finally a hotel pool. Three were injured in the accident.
The Truck Accident
Early on the morning of June 11, a semi-truck and black Sedan were involved in a collission near the Hallmark Hotel in San Antonio.
The vehicles collided together and then struck a telephone pole and broke through a concrete wall before the truck finally landed in the Hallmark Hotel’s pool. The pool was empty at the time of the crash.
A pedestrian walking along the sidewalk was hit by the truck and the sedan. The pedestrian was severely injured.
The driver and passenger of the Sedan were also injured. All three injured parties were taken to a nearby hospital, with the Sedan occupants in stable condition and the pedestrian in critical condition.
At the site of the crash, police issued a DWI field test on the driver of the sedan, but no charges or arrests were reported at the time.
Avoiding Texas Truck Accidents
Accidents that involve trucks aren’t always the fault of the trucker, and those that are caused by truckers may still be preventable.
There are some situations in which a driver may be able to avoid being involved in an accident with a truck. Trucks are massive and heavy pieces of machinery that need more space and patience from other drivers. Truckers need more time to get their vehicle moving, stopped, or turned. To ensure that you’re giving truckers plenty of room and consideration on the road, follow the tips below:
- Give Trucks Space – Trucks need more room to make turns. It’s okay to slow down to give truckers space to adjust as needed.
- Avoid Truck No-Zones – Trucks have four main no-zones, or blind spots. These are located directly in front, to the rear, and on both sides, with the right side being the largest blind spot.
- Pass Quickly – When you need to pass a truck, pass on the left side, and don’t linger in the trucker’s blind spot. Pass the truck quickly, but maintain a safe speed.
- Use Signals – Turn signals are the best way to communicate with truckers your intentions to switch lanes, stop, or turn. Using your signals gives the trucker time to adjust the speed of the truck.
Due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved, truck accidents have the potential to be far more dangerous than other sorts of accidents. Truck accidents are more likely to lead to fatalities compared to non-truck accidents, but the majority of those fatalities involve passengers and drivers in other vehicles, not the truckers themselves. Again, this is because huge trucks give the trucker more protection compared to your regular vehicle.
If you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident, reach out to Lapeze & Johns to get the help you need for your case.