On Friday, April 22, at about 11:10 a.m., an 18-wheeler driver allegedly failed to maintain proper speed and crashed a lumber truck into four vehicles on Texas 105 not far from South Walker Road. Two of the crash victims were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Facility and died at the hospital. A child was critically injured in the crash and was flown to Herman Memorial Downtown; there have been no further updates on the child’s condition. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the 38-year-old 18-wheeler driver was arrested on one charge of intoxication assault and three charges of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the fatal crash.
Large commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers add extra danger to our roadways, weighing up to 40 tons or 80,000 pounds. The average weight of a car or light-duty truck is 4,079, which means 18-wheelers can weigh 19.5 times as much. When the driver of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drinks alcohol, the potential danger of big rigs is multiplied.
Driving while intoxicated is very dangerous. The legal limit for drinking is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. Drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to have even a trace of alcohol in their system.
Alcohol slows down the central nervous system functions, which makes it a depressant. Alcohol normally causes delayed brain function, making it impossible for a person to perform the same as when sober. Cognitive skills, hand-eye coordination, and processing skills are all affected by alcohol in ways that make it dangerous for someone to drive.
Vehicular deaths, highway injuries, and the risk of automobile accidents are all greatly increased when a driver is intoxicated.
Learn more about 18-wheelers and drunk driving in this ongoing series.