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Donald McDaniel Injured in Hardin County, TX 18-Wheeler Accident

Hardin County, TX — 55-year-old Donald McDaniel was injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler that occurred on Monday, October 26, on U.S. Highway 96 in Hardin County, Texas.

According to Texas State Troopers, the accident occurred just before 7 p.m. when McDaniel, who was eastbound in his 2010 Volkswagen was unable to stop in time as an 18-wheeler driven by 43-year-old Alexander Ortega Perez allegedly pulled out in front of McDaniel while attempting to cross the highway.

McDaniel suffered serious injuries in the accident and was transported to a Beaumont hospital. Perez was not injured in the accident, and was issued a citation for failure to yield. Police are still investigating the incident.

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I noticed that this trucker is being cited for the accident, and I think that’s an appropriate move by the authorities, because it definitely seems like he didn’t yield to the victim’s car before pulling out on the highway.

However, will that be enough? This accident thankfully wasn’t fatal, but it looked like some serious damage was done to the vehicles. If this driver failed to yield and caused another man’s injuries, then he ought to be held liable for his negligence and make things right. Legally speaking, that duty would fall on the shoulders of his employer — if he has one.

This is the kind of accident that’s simply inexcusable because, unless there are some major details being left out of the police reports, this trucker just wasn’t paying attention that evening. I don’t know about you, but I expect better driving from a trained professional. In order to avoid this from happening in the future, the appropriate action should be taken now so that the correct parties are held liable for their actions.

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