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1 dead after trucker ignores size restrictions

Truck drivers and trucking companies are required to observe and comply with strict rules. These federal and state regulations are in place to protect those in the trucking industry as well as the people sharing the road with the trucks.

Unfortunately, these rules don't always get followed. Some parties will ignore them or try to side-step them in an attempt to save some money and cut corners. When this happens, people's lives can be put in serious danger.

One tragic reminder of this occurred recently when a truck caused a tragic and fatal accident in Texas. The truck was driving on a bridge that was under construction at the time. The height of the truck proved to be too high and the vehicle struck an overhead beam on the bridge, which then fell onto the cars traveling under the bridge, killing one man and injuring two others.

The reason that this is an example of failed trucking regulation compliance stems from the fact that the truck was too tall and did not have the proper permits to be traveling on that road. Had the truck been shorter, the accident could have been avoided. Had the trucker accurately reported the truck's height to the DMV, he would likely have received a different approved route that would not have taken him over that bridge.

At this point, it is unknown if any of the injured victims or the family of the person who was killed will take any legal action against the truck driver or owner. However, in similar cases, victims and their families do pursue lawsuits and compensation successfully. These things cannot undo an accident or bring a loved one back, but they can be powerful means of holding a negligent party accountable.

Source: Insurance Journal, "No Proper Permit for Texas Truck in I35 Bridge Accident," March 30, 2015

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