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