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Dump Truck Driver Skipped Inspection Before Runaway Accident

Authorities say that a dump truck driver skipped inspection prior to a fiery crash that paralyzed one woman and injured six others in Santa Rosa in February.

Investigation Report Details Timeline Leading Up to Gruesome Accident

According to the Press Democrat, Francisco Alberto Rodriguez, 45, skipped a routine inspection of his truck before setting out on February 5 to haul burned debris from home sites to the dump.

At about 9:25 am, Rodriguez’s four-axle 2009 Kenworth company truck experienced break failure on Fountaingrove Parkway near Mendocino Avenue and barreled through a red light before slamming into multiple vehicles and catching on fire.

By the end of the wreck, the resulting fire had incinerated the dump truck, three vans, and two pickups. Seven people were injured, including three critically.

After a four month investigation, investigators determined that three of the truck’s brakes had failed and that the vehicle was overweight. Their findings contradicted those by the company that subcontracted Rodriguez’s employer.

Additionally, the investigators determined that the truck was overdue for service.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents resulted in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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