A crash on IH-35 in West TX leaves one dead after being struck by an 18-wheeler. The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified Rochelle Robertson as the 21-year-old killed in the January 31st crash. It happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. on IH-35 near mile marker 359. Police say that a Dodge Ram pickup had slowed due to icy conditions when it was struck by a semi. The driver of the semi lost control of the vehicle and slid into the Kia Forte driven by Rochell Robertson. The Kia was pinned beneath the semi trailer, entrapping the driver. Ms. Robertson was pronounced dead at the scene. We do not yet know if there were other injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
There is almost nothing worse than losing a young life due to large commercial companies putting their own profits ahead of the community’s safety. It is shocking how many times we get in to cases and find a driver who was not even to be driving when the wreck occurred, a driver intoxicated on drugs, drivers pushed to drive over the legal limit of hours without proper rest and breaks, drivers log books tampered with, reckless decisions to hire unqualified drivers and the list goes on.
When a loved one loses their life in a collision involving a commercial vehicle, it is important to make sure a thorough investigation is performed. Evidence such as dash camera footage, electronic control module (black box) data, and driver and vehicle maintenance logs can help paint a picture of exactly what led up to a crash. It is imperative this evidence be preserved before they disappear. Getting this information is practically impossible short of filing a civil lawsuit so reaching out to an attorney for assistance can provide the help and support needed at a critical time. An experienced attorney can guide you along each step of the way and help ensure all actions are taken to curtail this kind of tragedy from occuring in the future.