Red Oak — Motorcyclist, Driver Dead After Being Hit by 18-Wheeler on Interstate 35 East
Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 10:53 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 4 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, a motorcyclist and another driver were killed in a collision involving an 18-wheeler that occurred in Red Oak, Texas.
According to initial reports, William Moore, 64, was driving a motorcycle along Interstate 35 East when he crashed into a passenger vehicle driven by Jerry Chapman, 40. The impact caused Moore to be ejected, and Chapman got out of the car to check on Moore. However, as Chapman did that, he went into the lanes of traffic, and an 18-wheeler collided with both him and Moore.
Moore was pronounced dead at the scene, and Chapman was transported to Medical City Hospital in Arlington where he later dies from his injuries.
The crash still remains under investigation. 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 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.
Motorcycle accidents, a type of vehicular accident, are common despite the fact that motorcycles are initially believed to be far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. In 2016, the NHTSA reported that 5,286 people died in motorcycle accidents. In the same year as well, it is reported that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
Another particular kind of vehicular accident that is fairly common in the United States is a rear-end collision. It has been reported that there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions in the U.S. every year, and from that number, roughly 1,700 people die while another 500,000 are injured. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) also notes that 87% of rear-end collisions happened simply because the driver was not paying attention to the road.
Additionally, an accident involving a tractor-trailer is a 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 motorcycle/truck accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in motorcycle/truck accidents, rear-end collisions, 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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