Tarleton Mullikin and Benna Mullikin, of Trophy Club, Texas, were high school sweethearts. Even as 81-year old Mrs. Mullikin suffered the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, Mr. Mullikin cared for her at home. Married 65 years, the couple died together in a horrific truck collision on LBJ freeway in September of last year.
On the morning of September 10, Mr. and Mrs. Mullikin drove eastbound on LBJ freeway between Marsh Lane and Webb Chapel Road in their Lexus. Eastbound on the same freeway, a 19-year old dump truck driver driving approximately 60 miles per hour lost control of his vehicle as traffic slowed for construction.
Because of size and speed, accidents involving large trucks like a tractor-trailer or dump truck are often fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 568 Texans were killed in large truck accidents in 2012.
Investigation into the accident revealed the following points:
- The dump truck driver took inappropriate evasive action.
- The truck driver braked improperly, causing his vehicle to slide over a Toyota Camry and jump a cement barrier. Once on the barrier, the dump truck drove onto the Lexus driven by the Mullikins, crushing their car.
- The Mullikins died on the scene.
- The truck driver and Camry driver suffered non-fatal injuries
- The dump truck is registered to Rizzo Trucking of Garland, Texas. The company was a subcontractor on the LBJ Express construction project.
This truck accident and the resulting lost lives could have been prevented. If you are injured, or if your loved one is killed in a crash resulting from negligence, speak to a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer.