Texas “Super Lawyer” Calls Out Truckers in the Wake of Horrific Fort Worth Pileup

Fort Worth, TX – A prominent Texas lawyer specializing in big truck accidents says truckers could have prevented the deadly 135-vehicle pileup last week along an icy Fort Worth interstate.

Steve Laird has been an attorney for over 35 years and has been named to the top 100 “Texas Super Lawyers” list by Thomson Reuters.




 

In a release from Laird’s office on Monday, the experienced personal injury lawyer voiced his opinion about the role truckers played in the horrific pileup along I-35W that resulted in the deaths of six people and injury to dozens more.

“Unlike other motorists, professional truck drivers are trained to manage hazardous road conditions,” Laird said. “They should use their extensive training and experience in handling and making decisions about driving an 80,000-pound truck into or during such weather-related events.”

Additionally, Laird asserted the truckers involved, as well as the motor carriers, have the tools to avoid such situations and implied they should have known better.




 

“Truckers often have electronics that allow them to get detailed weather information from other truck drivers, as well as direct communications from their dispatchers about road conditions,” he commented. “They also are equipped with additional resources beyond radio traffic and weather reports.”

Unforgettably haunting videos from the accident, which have continued to circulate on social media, show more than a dozen big rigs in the mangled wreckage.

Multiple tractor-trailers were observed barreling into other big rigs and passenger vehicles in what was a surreal scene.

 

The long-time Fort Worth attorney placed the highest burden of responsibility for the crash on these truckers.

“Federal Trucking Safety Regulations require 18-wheeler drivers to use ‘extreme caution’ in ‘hazardous conditions,’ including reduced speeds and even parking when conditions are too dangerous to continue,” said Laird. “These safety rules are for the protection of the traveling public, including the truck drivers themselves.”

Truckers Weigh In On Blame Game

Tracy Kendrick has been a professional trucker for more than twenty years and has driven through the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area many times.

In an interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN), Kendrick argued the crash was “100% avoidable.”

“The truck drivers are to blame,” Kendrick asserted. “You can’t put all the blame on them, but they are professional drivers. They knew the roads were icy. They were driving too fast for the road conditions.”

 

As for the road conditions, truck driver Ryan Chaney took to social media following the crash and blamed the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“They had plenty of fair warning,” Chaney said during a Facebook LIVE video. “Instead of waiting until the night before they decided to spread sand two days before and it was dry, so when you drive over sand it blows away. So, it was basically ineffective.”


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Shortly following the accident, TxDOT released a statement claiming it took “proactive” measures.

“TxDOT undertakes proactive, advance measures such as pretreating its roads, which can help prevent ice from sticking to the roadway,” TxDOT stated. “Conditions on roadways can change rapidly, and unfortunately, even with proactive measures the unpredictable and fast-changing severe Texas weather can still result in some ice accumulating.”




 

“I don’t know why Texas doesn’t use salt, but hopefully after today they learn to use salt. A lot of people died and were injured today and now they have to clean up the mess. I hope someone holds them responsible for what happened. I know I wish I could,” Chaney lamented.

Like Chaney, Kendrick also asserted TxDOT failed in its duties.

“It happens every year from the DFW area all the way up to Amarillo. They know there is going to be an ice storm and they don’t prepare for it,” he commented.

Fort Worth authorities indicated speed and road conditions were factors in the crash.

However, the investigation is ongoing and expected to take some time to complete.

TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor new developments.

 


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  1. I’m with the lawyer and Tracy Kendrick the driver, this was an avoidable tragedy. I’m on 31 years out here, and have driven CONUS and Canada in all conditions. We have this tool in the truck, it is called a CB Radio, and we used to use it. Mine no longer speaks to me, no matter how bad the conditions are.

    Wyoming is a good case, they now completely shut down I-80 at the hint of a snow storm. They never did that, and we rarely if ever had 100+ vehicle pileups. If they did happen, they were the exception, and not the rule. Now, every winter we have multiple incidents like this, you can set your watch by them, and they are getting worse and more frequent.

    So what has changed? In 2018 the ELD was mandated to be in all CMVs. The ELD is a large part of this, whoever thought of putting a timer on an 80,000 lb weapon needs to be flogged. None of you can deny this, speeds are up, to ridiculous levels. We are being pushed to do more in a shorter period of time with very little if any leeway.

    The ELD has taken a lot of responsibility out of trucking, now it is a race against time, to hell with the weather or road conditions, we have to go! And the statistics show just that. Deaths are up right along with vehicle crashes and insurance rate hikes.

    NEXT!

    Lack of training, lack of literacy and an inability to use the one tool that if the other two were insufficient could save the day, it is called a CB RADIO.

    This was an incident in laziness, blame whoever you want, but I am eyeballing the truck drivers.

    That is an elevated bridge, the road surface was wet and the temps were below freezing… Every truck driver should know that wet elevated bridges in winter that are wet, tend to FREEZE!

    Point a finger, start with the US government and their idiotic 9 to 5 rules. Then the immigration department and their insane immigration laws allowing the third world in here and then throwing them in trucks. Every day is a Russian or Indian YouTube video out here.

    And then the carriers, who hire these imports and fought to have those timers put in the trucks.

    BUT, ultimately this falls upon the drivers, their lack of experience and or just piss poor training in what it takes to safely move a load of freight out here. The professionalism is long gone, sandals and pajamas are the new norm out here, we don’t have truck drivers out here, we have interlopers and the government encourages this BS.

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