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Three People Killed: Commercial Truck Wreck In Royse City, Texas

On June 29, 2016 an 18-wheeler heading westbound on I-30 in Royse City close to FM 35 lost control of his vehicle, and crossed into the eastbound lanes killing three people.  The 18-wheeler struck a passenger car before hitting another 18-wheeler head-on, leading to a total of three fatalities, one from each vehicle: Guadalupe Garza, Jr., Victor Bovkoun, and Kevin Battise.

Even though the cause of the wreck is still under investigation, it is clear the 18-wheeler crossed from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes.  This negligence caused a major and catastrophic wreck.

Under federal law, trucking companies are responsible for hiring and training safe truck drivers.  The truck drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and must be trained to have constant attention on the road.  Federal law also limits how often and how long a truck driver can operate the 18 wheeler to avoid driver fatigue.

Drivers have been caught altering their log books and drive more than they should, often in a fatigued state, putting the public at risk.  Drivers are also required to conduct a thorough “pre-check” inspection of the tractor and trailer before driving.

The federal regulations are in place to protect the public from avoidable wrecks like this one.  While the specific cause of the wreck is still undergoing investigation, it appears that the negligence of the trucking company and truck driver caused and contributed to this wreck.

Trucking companies that allow drivers to violate the regulations need to be held responsible for their negligence and blatant disregard for the safety of the public.  We encourage any person who may have information regarding this incident to share it with us even if it is anonymously.

The information you have may be helpful to the investigation of this wreck and will make our roads safer for others when the responsible parties are held accountable for their wrongful conduct and omissions. Please contact us at 877-892-2797.