The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a crash involving a 2017 Ford F-250 and a USPS truck that killed the 22-year-old driver of the USPS truck. According to DPS, the USPS driver was on the left shoulder of the highway and made a U-turn in front of a 2017 Ford F-250. The fatal collision left the Ford driver uninjured.
Postal carrier vehicles weigh roughly 3,000 pounds, while the 2017 Ford F-250 weighs anywhere from 2x to 3x that much. With a full payload, the F-250 can weigh as much as 10,000 pounds, putting it in the federal "large truck" category. It's clear why this crash was as tragic and life-altering as it was.
The Truck Driver's Employer Must Be Held Accountable
The driver of the Ford was working at the time of the crash, which means his company must take full responsibility for their employee's driving behavior (as the law stipulates). The losses left behind by the USPS driver's death—her funeral expenses, the emotional damages suffered by her family, and more—must be addressed by the driver and his employer. If they don't volunteer to provide her family what they deserve, they ought to be compelled under the law.
Our hearts go out to the loved ones of the fatally injured driver. We hope they find closure and justice under the law, for their sake and for the sake of their loved one's memory.