Trucking Company Under Investigation for Oklahoma-Area Distracted Driving Collision, Not Driver
A Nashville, TN-based trucking company is under investigation after one of their drivers in Oklahoma allegedly crossed the median without any signs of braking or attempting to avoid the collision, which led to an accident that killed 4 Texas community college women’s softball team members, and injured several others.
The driver, Russell Staley, has not yet been criminally charged for the trucking accident, although police reported on Sunday, September 28th that they believe the cause of the accident was distracted driving.
The truck reportedly traveled 820 feet over the median on Friday, September 26th, before crashing into the sports team’s touring bus. Four of the softball team girls were killed, and two were hospitalized. Current reports state that the softball player who was in critical condition is improving.
“As a parent of a daughter in college, I realize — and I think we all realize — that this is truly a parent’s worst nightmare,” said National Transportation Safety Board board member Robert L. Sumwalt. “Our goal, our entire reason for being here, is to prevent things like this from happening again.”
The NTSB is currently investigating the distracted driving trucking accident. The agency believes that the root cause of the trucking accident was distracted driving, and not road conditions, driver exhaustion, or drug or alcohol impairment. The truck hit the side of the bus, and then kept going off the road. Authorities said it took over an hour to find the truck after the accident.
A vigil was held at the Texas community college’s campus on Sunday, September 28th. School administrators said that the loss really hit the small college, which only has 10,000 students.
“Right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide,” Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said.
The trucking company, Quickway, which is based in Nashville, TN, had not been involved in a trucking accident with fatalities since mid-August 2012.
Trucking Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury and Wrongful Death
Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles such as semi tractor trailers, flatbed or tanker trucks, buses, or construction accidents can often result in a serious injury or death.
Many times truck drivers cannot see in certain blind spots around their large 18 wheeler. You will also find that many truck drivers do not follow the speed limits and rules of the road. They are pressured by deadlines and DOT regulations are often racing to get to their destination
Tractor trailer accidents can also occur as the result of driver fatigue. Drivers may get distracted or even fall asleep at the wheel, leaving them unable to avoid a trucking accident. Injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be disabling. Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can cause:
- traumatic brain injury,
- severe disability, and
- even death.
The Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you if you have been injured in a trucking accident. With careful analysis and investigation we will look at critical factors including:
- maintenance and equipment records for the truck;
- whether the truck load was appropriate, properly sized and within the weight limit;
- Weather, road, and grade conditions;
- whether the driver was operating within DOT regulations.
- Driver exhaustion or distracted driving
If you or a loved one has been such a victim, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC trucking accident lawyers. Whether you were injured in a bus accident, tractor trailer accident, or any other commercial vehicle accident, we can help. Contact us today at 803.252.4800.