Longview Motorcyclist Killed in Tyler 18-Wheeler Accident

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.

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