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Mother and daughter killed by boulder off truck

In a story that attracted national attention, a boulder fell off of a truck. The boulder then smacked a nearby car in which a mom and her adult driver were traveling. Both of the women wound up dying from the trauma that they suffered after being hit. The cause of death for both women was listed as trauma to the head.

It took a couple of days for officers to figure out the identity of the truck driver, suggesting that for whatever reason he did not remain at the scene of the fatal accident. While the trucker has been arrested, the nature of the charges against the trucker have not been announced. The driver was apparently the owner of his own trucking business.

While this accident happened in another state, the fact it attracted the attention of at least one national media outlet suggests that it is important enough for Houston, Texas, residents to note. More importantly, it serves as an important reminder, particularly for trucks which haul heavy objects on open trailers, of the importance of making sure their loads are secure.

An unsecured load can be caused by not using straps correctly or by using a strap that is frayed or otherwise defective. It is important that drivers make absolutely certain that their loads are going to stay on their truck, even in the event of a sudden maneuver, high wind or the like. Should a driver fail to secure his or her load, there is a chance the load could suddenly topple from the truck.

In this case, a boulder weighting hundreds of pounds came off of a truck speeding down the highway, tragically killing two women. However, other items like pipes, machine parts and the like can just as easily cause massive damage to a car traveling behind a truck, leaving the passengers in that car seriously injured or dead. Compensation may be available to victims of these types of truck accidents.

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