A 31-year-old Longview man has been killed after an 18-wheeler failed to yield the right of way on U.S. 271 north of Tyler, according to a news report.
Tyler police said that Christopher S. Rennison was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle south on the U.S. 271 extension when a northbound 2002 Freightliner turned left in front of him. The vehicles collided head-on in the southbound lanes at the intersection of Loop 323 and U.S. 271 in Tyler.
Rennison was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the fatal crash.
The Freightliner is owned by Hubert Glass Oil Company of Jacksonville, Texas. According to investigators, the driver was turning left into a gas station when he failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle. The big-rig driver was not injured and his name has not been released.
Accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in serious injury or death. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas had the highest number of fatal truck accidents in 2012 — a total of 543 — which was more than twice that of the #2 state, California. East Texas has a relatively high number of big-rig accidents due to the prevalence of the oil and gas and other manufacturing industries located here.
The attorneys of Roberts & Roberts have the skill, experience and resources to fully investigate any serious accident or death involving an 18-wheeler. If you have a question about a big-rig accident involving a serious injury or fatality, please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.