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Texas Residents File Claim After Semi-Truck Accident

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Oct-2013

In August 2012, four residents of Harris County were traveling east through Louisiana on Interstate 10 outside of Acadia Parish when an 18-wheeler truck rear-ended their vehicle. Since then, Louisiana police have reportedly determined that the truck driver was operating his vehicle in a careless and unsafe manner.

The four victims recently brought suit against the negligent truck driver and the truck line that employs him. On Sept. 20, the case was removed from Louisiana and brought to the Houston division of a southern Texas district court for adjudication.

The plaintiffs claim that the truck struck them from behind while both vehicles were in motion at highway speeds. The truck collision pushed the passenger car off the road to the right side, through a ditch and onto the frontage road. Authorities agree that the truck driver, a Louisiana resident, failed to control his speed. The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified monetary settlement for damages.

A personal injury claim like this could be bolstered significantly by supporting testimony from the police corroborating the plaintiff's statements. In this circumstance, the risk and injury that the trucker caused may be worthy of legal redress, but the case itself might be a challenge to prepare. The multi-jurisdictional elements of the case requiring knowledge of both Texas and Louisiana law warrant a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with the resources to potentially challenge a large trucking company if needed.

While the police's statements may go a long way toward giving credence to the plaintiffs' claims, the attorney may line up other authorities, such as qualified individuals knowledgeable about the mechanics of large trucks or physicians who could speak to the force necessary to produce the victims' injuries, to further strengthen the claim.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Harris Co. residents claim La. truck driver rear-ended them", John Suayan, September 23, 2013

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