Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 8:10 pm by Williams Hart
At around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, a man was killed in a two-vehicle crash that happened on Texas State Highway 36, about 3.5 miles south of Milano.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Louis Smith, a 77-year-old resident of Caldwell, was driving his 2006 Dodge pickup southbound on SH 36 when he slowed down and moved to its right onto the improved shoulder. Meanwhile, Carlos Gonzalez, a 26-year-old from Miami, Florida, was driving his 2002 Kenworth truck-tractor, semi-trailer southbound as well, toward the location of the Dodge. Smith then turned left in front of the Kenworth, and as a result, the Kenworth struck the driver side of the Dodge.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger, 46-year-old Louis Smith Jr., was brought to CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Gonzalez, on the other hand, was uninjured.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Louis Smith. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. 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 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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