18-year-old Joshua Tyler Hulme died Sunday following a trucking accident outside of Sylvester, Texas around 2:25 pm.
Details of the Fisher County Trucking Accident
- Reports indicate that the Colorado City resident was traveling east on Farm Road 57 when he drifted partially of the road.
- Hulme attempted to pull back onto the roadway, but evidently over-corrected and crossed the median into oncoming traffic.
- Hulme’s vehicle was struck by an oncoming 18-wheeler – the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene roughly one hour later.
- The driver of the tractor-trailer was unharmed. Police are still investigating the accident.
Trucking Accident Statistics
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that 3,341 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2011. This number is up from 3,271 in 2010 and 2,983 in 2009.
- The number of people injured in large truck crashes has also increased in 2011 with 88,000 injuries reported in 2011, compared to 80,000 in 2010 and 74,000 in 2009.
- Common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Laws and regulations governing truck drivers are normally much stricter than those applied to the average driver due to the high fatality rates associated with trucking accidents.
- The regulations standardize inspection and maintenance requirements, qualification requirements and even limit the number of hours a driver can spend behind the wheel before taking a break.