May 13, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
On Friday, May 6, 2016, an 18-wheeler crashed into an El Paso hotel room after driving off of the highway. Police reported that the man occupying the hotel room was killed as a result of the accident.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. when the truck— which was carrying steel railroad tracks — veered from the eastbound lane of the Interstate 10. It continued through multiple parking lots before colliding with the first floor of the Studio 6 Hotel.
The 52-year-old victim died at the scene. He was not identified. The truck driver was taken to Las Palmas Medical Center after suffering what were reported as minor injuries. The initial reports led police to believe the driver lost control of the truck, but the exact cause was not known.
This accident is a good example of why it is important for employees and the trucking company to make sure trucks are thoroughly inspected prior to leaving for transport. There are numerous reasons that this truck may have lost control.
In some trucking accidents, causes can include a fatigued, drunk, or distracted driver, brake failure, tire blowout, or an improperly loaded trailer. No matter what the cause of the accident, these types of collision can result in serious, life-altering injuries, or like in this case, death. Understanding what can cause a truck accident can help prevent future incidents from occurring. It is important for the trucking company, truck driver, auto manufacturer, and cargo loader to pay close attention to regulations.
It is the responsibility of these parties to make sure everyone on the road is safe. Failure to do so should allow for legal action on behalf of anyone who is harmed. The victims can hold the liable party financially responsible for the injuries and other damages sustained in the accident.