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Fort Worth Man Struck and Killed By 18-Wheeler

Early Saturday morning, a man died in the Texas Panhandle when he ran a stop sign and was struck by an 18-wheeler.

About the Fatal Texas Trucking Accident

Peter Hilton, who was 39, was driving north on Farm Road 2203 in Dumas, about 50 miles north of Amarillo, at around 5:00 am when he drove past the stop sign and was struck by a Peterbilt semi traveling southwest on FM 119.

The Texas Department of Public Safety stated that Hilton was pronounced dead at the scene. The Department of Public Safety also stated that the driver of the 18-Wheeler Salvador Granados-Villanueva, 40 was not injured.

Both of the men had been wearing seatbelts, and no other vehicles had been involved in the crash, which is still under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

National Traffic Accidents Statistics

According National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, 3,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015.

The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, and resulted in a fatality rate of 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT – a 2.6-percent increase from the previous year.

The 2016 national data also shows that:

  • Distraction-related deaths (3,450 fatalities) decreased by 2.2 percent.
  • Drowsy-driving deaths (803 fatalities) decreased by 3.5 percent.
  • Drunk-driving deaths (10,497 fatalities) increased by 1.7 per­cent.
  • Speeding-related deaths (10,111 fatalities) increased by 4.0 percent.
  • Unbelted deaths (10,428 fatalities) increased by 4.6 percent.
  • Motorcyclist deaths (5,286 fatalities – the largest number of motorcyclist fatalities since 2008) increased by 5.1 percent.
  • Pedestrian deaths (5,987 fatalities – the highest number since 1990) increased by 9.0 percent.
  • Bicyclist deaths (840 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 1.3 percent.

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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