There has recently been another horrible tragedy on our Texas highways. This time, a beautiful 4 year old boy named Luca Moya was killed, and his mother, Emika Moya, was seriously injured. Emika, a school teacher in Goliad, Texas, was driving through dense fog when her car was hit head-on by an 18 wheeler that had crossed over into her lane. Emika never had a chance, and neither did little Luca.
It is clear that when commercial vehicles are driving in low visibility conditions such as fog that they must take extra precautions and make sure they do not endanger the lives of innocent people driving on our highways. There is no excuse for an 18 wheeler to cross over into on-coming traffic in low-visibility situations. This is unacceptable, and a family is now having to deal with an enormous tragedy that could have easily been avoided. My heart and prayers go out to the Moya family and all others that are affected.
The point is that commercial drivers need to realize that they are driving steel and metal monsters that need to be driven responsibly. Passenger vehicles are no match for these metal monsters when they collide. In fact, not even a properly used car-seat could save little Luca, but the driver of the 18 wheeler only sustained minor injuries. When driving it is very important to drive defensively, and pay close attention to comercial vehicles driving near you – clearly commercial vehicle drivers are not always driving responsibly. I hope the Moya family’s story, and the many stories like his, will perpetuate change for the better. It is the mission of our lawfirm, and me personally, to perpetuate changes in the law to make our roads safer, and to hold commercial vehicle companies and their drivers accountable for the lives that are destroyed in their wake. Our mission continues.
Reynaldo A. Pena