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Orange — Train Hits 18-Wheeler Carrying Lumber on 16th Street

Posted on Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Williams Hart    

At around 4:40 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, a train vs. 18-wheeler collision occurred in Orange, Texas.

According to initial reports, the 18-wheeler, which was carrying a load of lumber, was stuck in traffic at a red light on 16th Street, near a railroad crossing. The tractor-trailer tried to move when the driver saw a train was coming but was unable to get out of the way due to the stopped traffic in front of the light. As a result, the train hit the tractor-trailer and scattered the lumber onto the service road.

No hazardous chemicals were involved and no one was injured in this accident.

The crash still remains under investigation.

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 statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and 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.

An accident involving a train is a particular kind of vehicular accident, and though it is not as common as the other kinds, it can still be quite deadly. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) has reported that almost every 2 hours, a person or a vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. A few of the common scenarios in this kind of vehicular accident include derailment, train-train collisions, train-car collisions, train-person collisions, and damage to property.

Additionally, studies have shown that nearly 1,000 people die every year in the U.S. due to a train accident.

Moreover, 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.

Train and truck accidents are undeniably tragic and devastating to the victims and their respective families. They can also be highly complicated. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this, so if you are a victim of a train-/truck-related accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask 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.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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