• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: March 2021

Abilene, TX (3/2/2021) – A motorist is dead after attempting to dodge debris left in the middle of the road on Tuesday. 

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The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Highway 277 when a motorist noticed a mattress in the road and attempted to avoid it. In the process, he ended up hitting the mattress and the vehicle spun out, crashing into a guard rail. That’s when an oncoming semi struck the stalled vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit, a Scion, was killed at the scene. He was identified as 40-year-old Dustin Garcia.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries.

Police say that, if found, the owner of the mattress could be charged with Failure to Secure Cargo Causing Death. 

Crash investigators will review all factors that may have led up to the accident and police reports will be made available in fourteen days.

Texas Truck Accident Attorneys

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, debris-related crashes occur four times more likely on interstate highways than crashes not involving debris.  It’s recommended to avoid a debris-related accident, you should maintain your vehicle, secure vehicle loads, and drive defensively.

Those that refuse to maintain their vehicles, secure vehicle loads, or drive defensively are negligent drivers. Negligent drivers make it easier to cause accidents, whether it be from debris or speeding or distracted driving. If you were injured in a car accident, you may have a claim for negligence against the driver or party responsible for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation with the car accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout, give us a call at 713-987-7111.

Source: CDL Life, Legal Advocate

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About the Author

Hank Stout co-founded Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm, to protect and pursue the rights of people who were harmed by the carelessness of others. Mr. Stout is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been actively trying cases for over fifteen years. In recognition of his accomplishments and results, he has been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas) and has been selected as Lead Counsel. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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