Westlake — Man Dies After Crashing into 18-Wheeler And 4 Other Vehicles on U.S. Route 77
Posted on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 11:36 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, a man was killed in a multi-vehicular accident that occurred in Westlake, Texas.
According to initial reports, Richard Rivas, 29, was traveling southbound on U.S. Route 377, near Texas State Highway 170, when he ran a red light at an intersection and collided into an 18-wheeler. The impact of the collision also sent three other passenger vehicles and a commercial vehicle to crash into each other.
Rivas suffered blunt-force trauma to the chest and abdomen due to a motor vehicle collision with entrapment, and he later died in a hospital. A woman passenger with him and the occupants of the other vehicles were not seriously injured.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Richard Rivas. 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 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 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.