On Monday evening, an 18-wheeler “slammed into the rear of” three cars “at a high rate of speed,” according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. The impact of the 18-wheeler drove the Toyota underneath an 18-wheeler in front of it, and trapped the Toyota driver in her car. The 18-wheeler also rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup and a Ford Escape, sending the Chevrolet’s driver to the hospital. The Toyota’s driver is reportedly in critical condition.
The Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Handbook teachers 18-wheeler drivers to always look 12–15 seconds ahead, and maintain a following distance that accounts for their long stopping distances. Commercial drivers who fail to follow those rules risk causing serious injury and death to others on the highway. Tragic consequences of those failures are unfortunately common in Texas, where nearly 600 people were killed in wrecks with commercial vehicles last year alone.