Amarillo Man Killed in Collision with 18 Wheeler Truck

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 20-Feb-2012

An Amarillo man was pronounced dead after a Saturday morning collision between a pickup truck and an 18 wheeler truck.

Police identified Amarillo resident, 32-year-old Frank Julian Zamora as the driver of the 1995 Chevy pickup truck that was involved in the 18 wheeler truck accident in Texas.

Zamora was reportedly traveling behind an 18 wheeler truck, when he approached the intersection of Amarillo Boulevard and North Eastern. When the 18 wheeler started to travel through the intersection through a green light, Zamora struck the big rig with his pickup truck.

The impact of the rear-end collision left Zamora seriously injured. He was transported to the hospital where he later died of injuries he endured in the 18 wheeler truck accident in Amarillo.

The driver of the 18 wheeler truck was treated for minor injuries he sustained and released from the hospital.

Police are still investigating the Amarillo, Texas rear-end collision.

In some cases where a smaller vehicle rear-ends a large truck, under-ride accidents can occur, where the smaller car slides beneath the truck. Most under-ride accidents result in serious injuries and fatalities because of the size and weight associated with big rigs.

In an under-ride accident, the smaller vehicle can slide beneath the truck from behind or even from the side, causing the 18 wheeler truck to rip the top from the vehicle, sometimes resulting in serious head injuries or even decapitation.

Although under-ride accidents in Texas are sometimes caused when vehicles follow trucks too closely, they can also result from sudden stops and defective truck equipment that should protect smaller vehicles from sliding underneath an 18 wheeler truck during such an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created standards that require 18 wheeler trucks to be outfitted with guards, which sometimes help prevent the serious injuries associated with under-ride accidents.

In addition to having required guards, 18 wheeler trucks must also have working tail lights and reflective tape, to help make sure other drivers can easily see them. Additionally, vehicle equipment, including brakes, must be inspected on a regular basis.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in an 18 wheeler truck accident, call our 18 wheeler accident attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 254-655-7437, contact our car accident attorneys in Austin online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our truck accident law firm in Texas for a free consultation today.

Our experienced 18 wheeler accident attorneys, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff will help you uncover answers to some of the questions surrounding your accident or the fatal accident of a loved one while seeking just compensation for your injuries and loss. We care. We can help.


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