An 18-wheeler wreck blocked part of Interstate 35W south of the Heritage Trace Parkway in Forth Worth recently when the tractor trailer flipped onto its side, taking the life of the driver, on May 28. Fort Worth Fire Technical Rescue reportedly worked for some time to free the body.
According to authorities, the accident occurred when the truck was forced out of it is lane and onto the shoulder by another 18-wheeler. The Fort Worth Police department is investigating the truck accident. They believe that the driver of the other truck continued driving and did not stop for the wreck. No other injuries have been reported in connection with the rollover.
Traffic in the southbound lanes of I-35W was backed up for several hours as crews worked to clear debris from the wreckage. Officials said that the truck needed to be set upright. All of the cargo on the truck also had to be removed before the highway could be reopened.
The surviving family of the man who died in this accident may be entitled to compensation if they choose to pursue a claim. A settlement could be used to pay for his final expenses, and it could also be used to replace some of his lost income. Even if the driver of the other truck is never found, it might be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court.
A personal injury lawyer might be able to review the circumstances of the accident to determine if a wrongful death lawsuit is warranted. In the event that surviving family members wanted to pursue a settlement, a lawyer might help them prepare a case. In addition, the lawyer may be able to represent family members in court. In the event that a settlement was awarded, a lawyer might be able to negotiate with the judge for a satisfactory settlement amount.
Source: CBS DFW, “Driver Dies In Fort Worth 18-Wheeler Crash,” May 28, 2013