Aguirre’s vehicle struck by semi-truck that failed to yield to her Kia Sportage on the frontage road of Interstate 10
SIERRA BLANCA, TX, (July 16, 2021) – Maribel Aguirre was tragically killed on Friday, July 16th when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that failed to yield to her near Sierra Blanca.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Aguirre, 36, was traveling east on the frontage road of Interstate 10 in a 2018 Kia Sportage when a semi-truck operated by 47-year-old Ricardo Valdez turned right at a yield intersection and failed to yield the right way. As a result, Aguirre struck Valdez’s towed trailer. Sadly, Aguirre was pronounced dead at the scene.
FATAL SEMI-TRUCK CRASH INVESTIGATION
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and due to the momentum, that they generate the results are usually catastrophic when they collide with a passenger car.
According to Candice Bond, an experienced auto accident attorney, failure-to-yield accidents such as this one is often the result of driver error. In many instances, a trucker may be distracted or not understand which vehicle has the right of way at an intersection. Other times, a driver fails to see an oncoming vehicle or misjudges the speed of an approaching vehicle at an intersection.
Several other factors can contribute to tractor-trailer crashes, including loss of control of the truck, tire blowout, disabling or non-disabling vehicle failure, lane drifting, improper truck maneuvering, and driver fatigue. In addition to the diligent work of law enforcement, Bond said in cases such as this an independent probe should be conducted by a seasoned lawyer to protect the family of a victim’s rights.
“A skilled attorney can protect a victim’s grieving family from trucking companies, which often send their own investigators to crash sites and possess a variety of resources they can utilize to defend a negligent truck driver,” said Bond, Managing Partner of Bond Legal. “A lawyer can advocate for a client by hiring expert witnesses, conducting drivers’ background checks, locating witnesses to the crash, and reviewing applicable insurance coverage, while carefully guiding a victim through the legal process.”
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
Pending the investigation, the family of Maribel Aguirre may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Family members of wrongful death victims may seek damages for loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional distress following a tragic or catastrophic accident such as this tragic incident.
“The stress and sorrow can be extremely overwhelming after losing a loved one in an accident,” said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel with Bond Legal. “We understand just what families are forced to go through, and having their rights protected is vital. A wrongful death lawyer will stay updated on the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.”
The Legal Advocate’s national legal analysts Candice Bond and Stefano Formica are experienced in commercial trucking accidents. If you or a family member need help they are available for a free consultation to guide you
(Candice Bond, Managing Partner, and Stefano Formica, Of Counsel, at Bond Legal, are the national legal analysts for The Legal Advocate. The Legal Advocate can and does use quotes from prior interviews with our analysts for our news articles. If you would like to contact Bond Legal to help you, please call 866-599-0297 or use the submission box found on this page. Legal analysts quoted may or may not be licensed in your state).