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North Texas Residents Killed in Crashes Involving Big Rigs

Posted on Jun 16, 2010
In the past few weeks, there have been at least two horrendous traffic crashes involving tractor-trailers in Texas and Oklahoma that have claimed the lives of North Texas residents. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Gervious Hinkle and his thirteen year old grandson, Casey Hinkle, were killed on Sunday after a big rig slammed into a line of slow moving traffic moving on I-35.

At around 2:30 p.m., the Hinkle's were traveling northbound on I-35 about six miles south of Gainesville, when they were forced to slow down because of traffic due to road construction. The driver of the tractor-trailer "failed to control speed and struck the rear of the stopped traffic," said state trooped Mark Tackett. In total, eight vehicles were damaged.

Gervious Hinkle was killed at the scene of the crash while his grandson was rushed to the hospital. Casey Hinkle died in a Fort Worth Hospital about an hour later. Casey's mother and sister were also taken to the hospital.

A few weeks prior to this crash, there was a similar wreck near Miami, Oklahoma that caused the deaths of Frisco residents Randall, Ethan, and Shelby Hayes, Cynthia Olson, and six other victims.

A crash that has been called the deadliest in Oklahoma history was caused when a semi-truck, driving eastbound on Will Rodgers Turnpike, failed to slow down and struck multiple vehicles that were stopped in traffic.

There was no evidence that the driver of the tractor-trailer braked at all and the truck ended up on top of three other vehicles. This crash killed ten people including 38-year-old Randall Hayes, his son Ethan, 7, and his mother-in-law Cynthia Olson, 55, who all died at the scene of the crash. Shelby Hayes, 35, was hospitalized but passed away two days later.

Commercial Truck crashes can easily have these devastating results. Our prayers are with the injured and the families of the deceased. This could have just as easily been my family as we drove the same stretch of road on the 4th of July. Anyone on the road is at risk to the dangers of negligent truckers and trucking companies. I have enforced the rights of my injured clients against trucking companies for the last two decades. I believe it is my responsibility to my clients and the public generally to try to force the trucking companies to change their poor driving and hiring practices through aggressive litigation.

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