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Texas truck accident claims the life of motorcycle rider

There is generally no contest in a wreck between a motorcyclist and an 18-wheeler. This is especially true when the truck is traveling at highway speeds and hauling a full tank of heavy fuel, making it difficult to stop or maneuver quickly if necessitated by traffic conditions. A recent truck accident in Texas cost the life of a motorcyclist and caused significant damage to the highway's infrastructure.

The accident happened on Monday Oct 10. At around 1:49 p.m., police say that a truck carrying around 1,000 gallons of gas crashed into a motorcycle on Interstate 35 in Temple. The truck apparently ended up straddling the barrier between the north and southbound lanes, destroying about 30 feet of the concrete barrier. The victim, a 58-year-old man, apparently died at the scene of the accident.

The truck belonged to Shallow Ford Construction, according to a spokeswoman from the Texas Department of Transportation. Early descriptions of the accident indicated that there may have been another vehicle involved in the crash, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. The truck driver appeared to be cooperating with investigators, and no reports of alcohol or other intoxicants have currently been reported.

In similar truck accidents, the surviving family members of victims should understand what legal options they can pursue. If negligence is proved to have caused the truck accident, they may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their family member, which would help mitigate costs of medical expenses, funeral expenses and other bills. They may also be able to seek compensation for less tangible things, such as the loss of companionship and pain and suffering. It could be important to seek an attorney familiar with the laws in Texas to guide the family through such a painful and overwhelming time.

Source: tdtnews.com, "Richardson motorcyclist dies in Temple accident", Deborah McKeon, Oct. 12, 2016

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