Porter, TX – A news report from the Montgomery County Police Reporter indicates a motorist involved in a Porter, Montgomery County, Texas automobile crash died of his injuries.
The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated an accident involving a 2013 Toyota and a 2013 International truck that occurred on US 59 and FM 1314 in Porter, Texas.
The Toyota, driven by Karl Schreyer (62-years old), was traveling southbound on US 59 approaching the overpass of FM 1314 in Porter, Texas when he hit the 2013 International truck that was following a street sweeper. The truck, driven by Ricky Woodson (54-years-old), had a mounted attenuator on the rear. The impact caused Schreyer's vehicle to roll. Schreyer was transported to Kingwood Hospital where he later died from his injuries. Woodson was treated by EMS at the scene and released.
What Is A Truck Mounted Attenuator?
A truck mounted attenuator is attached to a rear of a truck and is intended to protect workers in an automobile crash. It's designed to act as a crash cushion in the event another vehicle comes upon a slow moving work crew and strikes it in the rear. It's basically a mobile crash cushion.
Some of the benefits of a truck mounted attenuator include:
- Absorbing the kinetic energy of the crash thereby reducing the impact of the collision
- Providing warning to other motorists through reflective signs and lights
- Redirecting impacting vehicles away from the work crew vehicles
Dangers Of Truck Mounted Attenuators
Truck mounted attenuator's “shadow” behind a slow-moving vehicle to protect it from a rear impact. In some cases, a truck carrying a mounted attenuator may be completely stopped or moving the same slow speed as the work truck in front of it. This can present a danger to the traveling public because it introduces a slow moving obstacle in traffic that motorists expect should be moving at posted speed limits. Some causes of truck mounted attenuators include:
- Lack of operator training
- Lack of sufficient advanced warning of the slow moving work crew
- Improper spacing between the slow moving work vehicle and other motorist
- Improper positioning in the traffic lane, i.e., traveling fully in lane vs. straddling lanes
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 Porter, TX Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP. Call 713.981.4100. 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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