On June 20, a routine tire change on a triple axle truck heading southbound
on the Dallas North Tollway caused an accident involving a 70-year-old
driver. The driver of the truck was not injured.
When he noticed that one of his tires had gone flat, the driver of the
triple axle truck pulled into the left lane to perform a routine tire
change. There was a drilling rig mounted on the bed of the truck, however,
which shifted when the truck's tire went flat, and it hung over into
one of the highway's northbound lanes. A car then struck the drilling
rig, and the driver died on the scene. According to local authorities,
lanes on both sides of the highway were closed for hours after the
auto accident for investigative purposes.
The driver of the truck in this case could possibly be held liable for
negligence. If the drilling rig shifted due to any sort of malfunction,
however, the manufacturer of the rig or or the company that owned it and
was responsible for its maintenance could also be held liable for the damages.
The family of the man who was killed in the incident may choose to file a
wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the truck or the company that owns it. A
personal injury lawyer in Austin might be able to help a family in a similar
situation file such a lawsuit. The person or company found liable for
an accident may be required to pay restitution to a victim's family
to cover any medical bills incurred, burial costs or any loss of income
that the decedent would have provided.
Source: NBC, "Accident Shut Down Dallas North Tollway for Hours", June 22, 2014