Accidents such as this one have led to many changes in the law designed to protect the general public from these types of accidents and to reduce the amount of collateral damage. Among the changes are new tank trailer designs that include partitions and/or baffles designed to reduce or eliminate the type of liquid surge that contributed heavily to the overturning of the tractor-trailer combination.
Changes in the design of overpass guardrails and the materials used to build them have also been instituted. These new designs must be able to redirect the full weight of all vehicles, including tractor-trailers, back onto the road instead of allowing them to penetrate and tumble onto the road below.
If both of these recommendations had already been in place prior to this horrific accident in May of 1976, the number of injuries and fatalities would likely have been significantly lessened, if not completely eliminated. Since the accident, barriers and guardrails across the country have been updated and improved to significantly to reduce the possibility that buses and commercial trucks, including those weighing up to 80,000 pounds, will penetrate them resulting in similar situations.
Finally, as proof that these changes to the laws have been effective, a similar accident occurred on June 4, 2013. In this particular accident, occurring at the same location, a truck loaded with methanol crashed into the barrier but was directed back away from the barrier. While it took many hours for the Hazmat teams to clean the mess up, there were no significant injuries.
Laws now exist designed to allow victims to seek recovery of damages in the event they are involved in an accident in which the truck driver is found to have acted in a negligent manner resulting in physical harm.
If you would like help with a Texas 18-wheeler accident that has resulted in physical harm, contact the law offices of Texas 18-wheeler accident Lawyers of Eberstein Whitherite LLP by calling 1-800 Truck Wreck (1-800-878-2597) any time of day or night.