A multiple vehicle accident in the Midland-Odessa area involving a semi-truck and two other vehicles resulted in the death of one person. The deadly Midland-Odessa semi-truck accident occurred at 385 and Mercer Road at about 6:45 Monday evening, August 23, 2021, according to the Odessa Police Department. As of Tuesday morning, no specific information is yet available on the cause of the accident. In addition, no statement has been made by the Odessa Police Department regarding any other injuries stemming from the fatal 18-wheeler wreck.
Fatal Texas Semi-Truck Accidents: What You Need to Know
Texas oftentimes ranks first in the nation when it comes to the rate of fatal semi accidents. A basic reason why this is the case is because of the fact that there are more big rigs moving across the Lone Star State, including in Midland-Odessa, than any where else in the country.
The numbers associated with fatal Texas semi-truck accidents are alarming. A look at statistics from one recent year in which a full set of data is available underscores the frequency of deadly Texas semi wrecks:
- During the year in question, 4,237 fatal big rig accidents occurred across the United States
- 556 of those wrecks were fatal Texas semi-truck accidents
- 649 people were killed in the 556 fatal big rig wrecks that occurred in Texas during that year
- The state with the second highest number of fatal semi accidents was California
- California was a distant second when contrasted with Texas
- In the year being analyzed there were 320 fatal semi wrecks in California
- As a result of the 320 deadly semi-truck accidents in California, 361 people were killed
(The information on the rate of deadly Texas semi accidents was provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of FMCSA.)
The vast majority of deaths that occur in fatal Texas semi accidents involve drivers and passengers in automobiles involved in such collisions. Over 80 percent of 18-wheeler wreck fatalities were people in automobiles involved in these types of deadly collisions, according to the FMCSA. 15 percent of fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. The percentage of big rig operators who lose their lives in deadly semi accidents on Texas and U.S. roadways each year is a fraction of the total number of men, women, and children who perish in these types of collisions.
You need to bear in mind that there are specific timeframes within which legal action needs to be taken following a fatal Texas semi-truck accident. For this and other associated reasons, you need to be as proactive as possible when it comes to protecting your legal rights after a deadly truck accident, including meeting with a lawyer to discuss your options.
Your Legal Rights When You’ve Lost a Loved One in a Midland-Odessa Semi Accident
If you’ve lost a family member on a Midland-Odessa semi-truck accident, the tenacious, compassionate legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here for you. You can reach our Midland-Odessa law firm any time of the day or night by calling us at (432) 653-0000. Our semi-truck accident hotline is staffed 365 days a year, including all major holidays.
We can schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a Midland-Odessa semi-truck accident lawyer any time that is convenient for you. Our offices are located at:
The Doan Law Firm
4500 West Illinois
Midland, Texas 79703
An experienced Midland-Odessa semi accident attorney can also meet with you at your home or any other location you’d prefer. We can also arrange a virtual consultation with you online. There is never a charge for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm Midland-Odessa semi accident lawyer.
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee pledge to you. We know that the last thing you need to worry about when you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal semi-truck accident is how you’re going to pay for a lawyer to fight for your crucial legal rights. The Doan Law Firm never charges an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. Our legal team is dedicated to fighting hard and tirelessly for justice and the compensation you deserve in your case.