People often assume trucking lawyers are automatically against truck drivers and assume the worse. We discuss horror stories such as the devastating wreck that killed ten people on the Will Rogers Turnpike earlier this summer and wonder how someone driving a semi could be so careless. The reality is we use the wrecks to point out the dangers of negligent truck driving and warn the public and truck drivers alike of the dangers these 80,000 pound behemoths pose to motorists.
However, I wanted to use today to point out a story in which a truck driver appears to have done something truly heroic to save other motorists. According to the Norman Transcript Moore man driving a semi truck was killed in a traffic accident early Sunday morning in Tulsa. The article states that
Bruce Irvine Mathes, 54, was pronounced dead after being transported to Tulsa’s St. Francis Hospital Sunday morning, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Mathes was believed to be suffering from an unknown medical condition and lost consciousness as he was trying to pull the truck over, crashing it into a guard rail, the OHP report of the incident stated. At the time the truck was eastbound on Interstate 44 near U.S. Highway 75. The crash occurred at 1:21 a.m., the report stated.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to this man’s family. However, I wanted to point out that it appears the driver knew he ill and was attempt to save other motorist by pulling to the shoulder. I can’t state how smart and safe this act was. Many drivers might consider trying to make it to the next rest stop or next town. However, from this brief article it appears this man knew the dangers his truck posed on the highway and attempted to do the right thing.