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Deadly Truck Crash on Highway 287

On Sunday night, a fatal crash involving an 18-wheeler happened on Highway 287 in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened sometime before 8:45 p.m. in front of the Harrold Truck Stop. The large 18-wheeler was reportedly facing south, and heading left across the northbound lane into the truck stop, when a Chevrolet pickup truck crashed head-on into the side of the semi truck’s trailer. The front of the pickup truck became wedged under the trailer. The driver of the pickup truck, 40-year-old Travis Lee Higginbotham, died as a result of his injuries in the crash.

Second Deadly Crash This Year

The semi truck was hauling bees at the time if the crash, which made it difficult for first responders on the scene. The truck was patched up and the remaining bees were contained after the wreck. Sadly, this is the second fatal crash to happen in this particular area just this year. In February, a Jeep rear-ended a car on this same stretch of roadway. The driver of that car, a woman from Amarillo, was killed instantly in the crash. Advocates and concerned citizens have called on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to do something about this dangerous and deadly stretch of roadway.

A Deadly Intersection

Unfortunately, representatives with the TxDOT have reportedly done all they can do to increase safety at this particular intersection. Adele Lewis, a TxDOT representative, said that they’ve had engineers out several times over the last 20 years to look at and assess the area in question. Troopers with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are encouraging drivers to exercise additional caution on this deadly stretch of highway. This is a particularly dangerous area, because vehicles traveling at highway speeds mix with the slower traffic coming in and out of the truck stop.

Truck Accidents in Texoma

Crashes involving high speeds and slower traffic can have devastating results. Add commercial trucking vehicles to the mix, and you could be looking at catastrophic and fatal injury causing wrecks, and any wreck involving a semi truck is going to need a comprehensive and detailed investigation to ensure the truck driver, truck and trucking company were in compliance with all federal safety regulations at the time of the wreck.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to Travis Lee Higginbotham’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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Semi Truck Crash on 287

On Tuesday afternoon, at least four people were injured in a multi-car crash involving a semi truck. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened some time after 3:00 p.m., near Iowa Park Road. Apparently, what was initially a prescribed burn between Peterson and Bell Roads made its way to Highway 287 and then crossed the road. There was heavy smoke in the area around Rifle Range Road when a multi-car collision occurred.

18-Wheeler Involved in 287 Crash

Although very few details about the crash have been released, KFDX News Channel Three reports that a midsize car struck the back of a pickup truck. The car was then rear-ended by a semi truck, which caused it to burst into flames. Even with multiple injuries, the victims were able to escape the wreckage. Thankfully as of yesterday, the injured victims had all been released from the hospital.

Roadway Conditions and Safety Behind the Wheel

Just like with heavy snowfall, rain, hail, fog or any other type of adverse weather condition, smoke can impact a driver’s visibility. Drivers need to adjust their speed safely to the outside conditions. Visibility is absolutely essential for safety behind the wheel, and if you can’t see, you need to pull over and wait for conditions to clear. Drivers should never head into smoke so thick that they can’t safely navigate the roadway. Reduced visibility means you won’t have enough time to see or stop in the event of an emergency. If a car is stopped in front of you, or if the person in front of you is driving a little slower, you might not notice in time, and that could cause a wreck.

Truck Accidents in Texoma

Although quite remarkably, everybody in the 287 18-wheeler crash survived, those who were injured will likely be facing lengthy recoveries from their injuries. Crashes involving large commercial trucks can leave victims severely injured, or worse. Even under the best conditions, big rigs take longer to stop than smaller passenger occupant vehicles. Proper brake maintenance, adequate distance between vehicles and driving the right speed for conditions are all essential elements for roadway safety.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes all of the injured victims involved in this multi-car collision full and swift recoveries. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact our skilled lawyers today at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.

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We can deal with the insurance companies.

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