Houston — 18-Wheeler Carrying Ethanolamine Overturns on West 6th St. And Rutland St.
Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 8:38 pm by Williams Hart
On the morning of Tuesday, April 9, 2019, an 18-wheeler overturned, and it prompted an evacuation among the residents in a residential area in Houston, Texas.
According to authorities, the big rig was traveling in the Heights area when it overturned near West 6th Street and Rutland Street. It was carrying ethanolamine, a colorless, viscous liquid that smells similar to ammonia, and though the truck was fully intact and there were no leaks, the product has to be offloaded from the truck before cleanup can be completed.
Eighteen homes, containing 30 people, were evacuated from the area.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is great to hear that no one was injured in this accident. Sadly, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
Additionally, an accident involving a tractor-trailer is another kind of vehicular accident, and it is a deadly one just because of the fact that a tractor-trailer is one of the largest and most dangerous vehicles in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 2 million tractor-trailers roaming in the United States, and each year, they get involved in about 500,000 accidents. And since the size of a tractor-trailer is enormous, the results of this kind of accident are catastrophic, from a severe injury to death.
Vehicular accidents, especially those involving trucks, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/truck accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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