Crash between Train and 18-Wheeler in Jersey Village, Texas

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Auto Accident, Train Accident

There was an accident involving a train in Jersey Village, Texas on June 4, 2024.  During the incident, a train collided with an 18-wheeler on Wright Road at the eastbound service road of Highway 290.  Additional details have not yet been released.

A crash between a train and an 18-wheeler can be caused by several factors, each contributing to a potentially catastrophic incident. One primary cause is driver error on the part of the truck driver. This can include misjudging the speed and distance of an oncoming train, failing to notice or heed crossing signals, or attempting to beat the train across the tracks. In some cases, truck drivers may be unfamiliar with the area and unaware of an upcoming crossing, leading to a dangerous situation where they inadvertently place their vehicle in the path of an approaching train.

Another significant factor is mechanical failure, either in the truck or in the crossing signal equipment. For example, a malfunctioning braking system on the truck could prevent the driver from stopping in time to avoid the crossing. Similarly, if the crossing signals or barriers fail to activate properly due to electrical or mechanical issues, the truck driver might not receive adequate warning of an oncoming train. Regular maintenance and inspections of both vehicles and crossing infrastructure are essential to mitigate these risks and ensure all systems function correctly.

Weather conditions also play a critical role in the likelihood of a crash between a train and an 18-wheeler. Adverse weather such as heavy rain, fog, snow, or ice can reduce visibility and make road surfaces slippery, complicating the driver’s ability to see an approaching train or stop in time. Poor weather conditions can also affect the operation of crossing signals and barriers, further increasing the risk of an accident. Drivers need to exercise extra caution in such conditions, and crossing systems should be designed to function reliably even in adverse weather.

Finally, inadequate infrastructure and poor road design near railroad crossings can contribute to collisions between trains and 18-wheelers. Some crossings may lack sufficient warning signs, lights, or barriers to alert drivers of an approaching train. Additionally, steep grades or tight turns near crossings can make it difficult for large trucks to navigate safely, particularly if they need to stop suddenly. Improving the design and safety features of railroad crossings, especially those frequently used by heavy vehicles, is crucial to preventing these types of accidents and ensuring the safety of both road and rail users.

Tragically, there have been a number of recent accidents involving trains.  There was an accident between an 18-wheeler and a train in Gulfport, Mississippi on February 20, 2024.  There was an accident between an Amtrak train and vehicle in Durham, North Carolina on March 14, 2024.  A freight train derailed and caught fire near Lupton, Arizona on April 26, 2024.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and New York.  We have previously handled multiple cases involving train accidents.  Our attorneys have the experience and the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in an accident involving a train or commercial vehicle.  The experienced accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving a train. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.