According to KSAT 12, a collision involving three different 18-wheeler trucks caused extensive traffic delays on Interstate 10 West earlier this month. The incident happened early on a Tuesday morning near Zuehl Road.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, but when responders arrived at the scene, they found one of the trucks in flames. A second tractor-trailer had apparently careened off the highway and across an access road, finally coming to rest after striking a tree. The third truck involved was stopped on the highway.
The trucker who had been driving the 18-wheeler that struck a tree sustained injuries in the collision and required treatment at a local hospital. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported.
Debris from the crash, including diesel and sand, spread across at least one-quarter of a mile on the interstate. Authorities shut down the stretch of road where it occurred to investigate the cause of the accident and clean up the wreckage.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision with an 18-wheeler, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the costs associated with treating your injuries. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, contact the Cooper Law Firm.
As a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Gregg County Bar Association, Attorney N. Eric Cooper is proud to represent accident victims throughout the state. Call 903-297-0037 to schedule a free case evaluation with a compassionate personal injury attorney in Texas.
How Do Insurance Companies Determine Liability in Multi-Vehicle Collisions?
When it comes to awarding damages following a motor vehicle collision, Texas is a tort state, which means the motorists who are liable for the incident must compensate those who are not. Under the state’s modified comparative fault rule, even partially liable parties may be able to recover compensation for the damages they incurred as long as they are less than 50 percent responsible for the incident.
Because of this proportionate responsibility doctrine, it is essential for accident victims to do everything in their power to prove another party’s liability. Otherwise, they may not be able to recover any compensation at all.
In addition to taking into account local traffic laws, an insurance adjuster will review various kinds of evidence when attempting to determine fault for any given claim. Critical pieces of evidence might include:
- The official police report;
- Witness testimonies;
- Photographs of the scene; and
- Testimony from the other motorists involved.
If the insurance adjuster refuses to offer you a fair settlement and you take the case to court, the judge or jury will also review the above documents, photographs, and testimonies when determining liability; however, a court of law may weigh each piece of evidence differently, which could ultimately result in a more favorable outcome to the case.
If you were hurt in a multi-vehicle collision and you’re not sure how to prove another party’s liability, contact the Cooper Law Firm. After evaluating your case, attorney N. Eric Cooper will help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.
Call 903-297-0037 to schedule a free consultation with a Texas personal injury lawyer. If you would like to learn more about car and truck accident claims in Texas, visit USAttorneys.