Humble, TX — Two People Killed After Commercial Truck Leaks Wet Cement onto Roadway
Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at 2:20 pm by Williams Hart
Authorities responded to a fatal accident involving a commercial truck that occurred around 5:30AM on Friday, February 14th, at Old Humble and Bender Rd in Humble, TX, located about 20 miles north of Houston.
It appears that a Lattimore Materials commercial truck transporting “a cement drum was leaving its plant and immediately began losing wet cement,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet. “Cement spilled on the roadway causing a hazard.”
A driver traveling northbound drove over the wet mortar, jumped the median and struck another car traveling southbound. Authorities then learned that the part of the truck holding the cement was turning the wrong way while the driver was turning a corner.
Both drivers of the passenger vehicles, later identified as LaTonya Earl, 50, and Selvin L. Maldonado Palacios, 19, died at the scene.
Our thoughts are with the victims’ family and friends.
Violent Crash. It appears a Lattimore Materials truck w/cement drum was leaving its plant and immediately began losing wet cement. Cement spilled on the roadway causing a hazard. A driver, n/b on Old Humble drove atop the cement, jumped the median and struck a car going s/b on https://t.co/92Ljs7bv5U pic.twitter.com/jz6IBId80w
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) February 14, 2020
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B.
- Alcohol and Drug Use
Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.
- Lack of Driver Training
Speeding and improper overtaking are major contributing factors in commercial vehicle collisions, in addition to distracted driving. In fact, the likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t.
- Poor Truck Maintenance
Improper freight load management, lack of regular truck inspection, cutting maintenance costs and racing the deadline clock are some of the biggest causes of truck accidents.
3 Rules to Share the Road Safely
While you might be a safe driver, it’s impossible to control or predict the way others will conduct themselves on the road. It’s important to take additional precautions when sharing the road with commercial truck drivers. To help keep yourself and others safe, here are three simple rules you should follow:
- Slow Down.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, speeding is the most common driver-related factor in fatal crashes that involve large trucks. Driving a little more slowly around large vehicles is a good idea in general, and it becomes even more essential in wet or icy conditions.
- Keep Your Distance.
While you can’t always avoid large trucks on the highway or on major roads, no other safety precaution can lower your risk of being injured in a trucking accident as much as giving trucks and other big vehicles as much space as possible. Avoid tailgating or following closely behind large trucks, and in the event that you need to pass one of these vehicles, make sure you do so carefully but decisively (never drive alongside a large truck for longer than you have to). Also, when a truck needs to change lanes or merge into or out of freeway traffic, let them do so freely and give them lots of room.
- Stay in Sight.
Unlike a typical passenger vehicle, it’s almost impossible to engineer a large truck so that the driver can see everything around them. All tractor-trailers and similar large trucks have blind spots, especially directly behind, in front of, or next to the doors of the truck.
To learn more about safely sharing the road with large commercial trucks, visit www.ShareTheRoadSafely.gov.
Get the Justice You Deserve
Road fatalities and injuries involving large commercial trucks are serious realities for both CMV operators and regular vehicle passengers. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.