Texas Trucking Company Remains in Operation Despite Fatal Violations
In February, a mother, Deborah Jackson, and her 13-year-old son were killed in a deadly car accident involving a trucking company that was violating state regulations. Despite the fatal accident, reports indicate the company is still in operation.
Trucking Company Knowingly Violated State Regulations
The truck, owned by Lechuga Construction Mobile Home Services, was not permitted to be on that route, as the size of the manufactured home exceeded the state limit. FM 535 has an 11 foot wide restriction. Lechuga Construction was carrying a 16 foot wide load at the time of the accident.
Reports suggest that both the driver and the company which employed him were aware of the state regulations providing the restriction.
In fact, a recorded phone call has an operator providing Alejandro Lechuga, the owner of the company in question, with information concerning the restrictions and even walking Lechuga through alternate routes. Lehuga opted to use the narrow curvy Farm-to-Market road nonetheless.
Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that Lechuga Construction is still in operation and still has trucks on the road.
Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 3,964 people were killed in auto accidents involving large trucks in 2013, marking a slight increase from the 2,944 deaths reported in 2012.
- Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2013:
- An additional 95,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2013.