On Saturday, August 3, 2013, James Anthony Long was killed when the semi truck he was driving plowed through a guardrail on Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie, causing his truck to plunge to the pavement on the President George Bush Turnpike below. Long was the only person injured, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Long was driving a semi truck owned by B&M Trucking, and was transporting ceramic tile at the time of the accident.
The North Texas Tollway Authority released surveillance video footage on Monday that shows the big rig traveling at what appears to be close to highway speed plummeting off the side of the overpass and landing on both the north and southbound lanes of Bush Turnpike at 4:03 p.m. on Saturday.
Narrowly missing other motorists, several vehicles can seen in the video slamming on their brakes to avoid hitting the fiery wreckage; with one car passing almost directly under the semi-truck while it was airborne. A few drivers pulled over and tried to help, but there was little they could do. Below is the video footage released by the North Texas Tollway Authority:
It is still unclear whether it was a mechanical problem with the 18 – wheeler that caused Long’s truck to leave the highway, or if it was Long himself who is directly responsible for the accident.
Bush Turnpike was closed for hours at the I-30 intersection while the remnants of the truck were cleared and new barriers were constructed. Below is a map where the accident occurred:
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While the cause of this accident is still inconclusive, there are multiple directions that this scenario could take to evolve into a case. For instance, if the investigation discovers that this exceptionally sever accident occurred as a result of a mechanical failure somewhere within the 18-wheeler, Long’s family could most certainly file a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company on the basis of negligence. Alternatively, if any motorists come forward in this ongoing investigation and enlighten investigators on what they witnessed before and leading up to Long’s truck leaving the highway, this could also determine if there was another driver involved; perhaps driving recklessly or negligently, that may have caused Long to lose control of the semi-truck. Conversely, it’s also possible that the accident may have happened as a result of Long operating the truck improperly or irresponsibly. While there is still a lot of uncertainty as to what precisely caused this accident, it would be wise for the victim’s family to seek legal counsel to develop the best course of action and to learn what their options are; depending on what the final results of the investigation reveal. If you or a loved one have been involved in an automobile accident - from a minor fender-bender to a fatal accident such as the one described above - our experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys can provide the legal guidance and representation you need to successfully pursue a claim against those responsible. For more information or questions regarding a personal claim, contact us here or call our office at 1.866.705.7584.
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, 18 -wheeler accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at - 1.866.705.7584 or by email at email@example.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.