Groveton, Texas – A three-vehicle accident involving an 18-Wheeler resulted in the death of a motorist near Groveton, Texas.
The Montgomery County Police Reporter reported the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is investigating a multi-vehicle accident involving one of their Troopers. Based on the initial investigation, Texas State Trooper Brady Germeroth of Crockett, TX, was traveling westbound on SH 94 and made a U-turn to respond to a traffic violation on the eastbound lane. A 2003 Mack 18-Wheeler, driven by Chad Deford of Livingston, TX, was traveling eastbound on SH 94 and crossed the center line and drove into the westbound travel lane of SH 94. The 18-Wheeler crashed head-on with a 2019 Jeep Wrangler that was driven by Melanie Painter of Groveton, TX. Painter was taken to Crockett Medical Center where she died from her injuries. The other drivers were uninjured in the accident.
DPS is continuing to investigate the accident.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
An 18-Wheeler is big and heavy. Many 18-Wheelers can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, depending on the permitted load. When an 18-Wheeler is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle that weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, the outcome can be devastating. If the driver of the passenger vehicle is not killed, they often sustain catastrophic injuries that can lead to physical, emotional and financial ruin.
Drivers of 18-Wheelers and other commercial vehicles have to follow a unique and complicated set of laws and rules that are intended to not only protect the driver, but other motorists who have to share the road with these vehicles. The laws and rules are designed to address the common causes of 18-Wheeler accidents such as:
- Failing to maintain the truck
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while tired
- Driving at night
- Driving in inclement weather or changing weather conditions
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Driving while in violation of Hours of Service requirements
- Driving with an excess or unpermitted load
HRSLawyers.com posts these articles to keep the Greater Houston community informed about traffic accidents and other news. These blog posts are not intended to give legal advice. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a similar accident and need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact the Groveton, TX Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP. Our lawyers can help you find answers and obtain monetary compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
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