A woman is dead following a crash with an 18-wheeler that fled the scene on Interstate 10 near the Dominion. San Antonio police say the big rig rear-ended a Ford Fiesta causing death to the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the International model 18-wheeler fled, but police believe they found the truck parked near the Shops at Rivercenter, and were seen investigating a white 18-wheeler with front-end damage. A photo of the big rig appears to show part of the victim’s car still lodged beneath it. A man who was asleep in the back of the truck was detained and questioned. He told police that he felt something but did not think anything of it since they kept going.
Big truck collisions.
Collisions between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles are widespread. In 2017, 4,657 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in the United States, yielding high levels of damage to property, physical injuries, and fatalities. One government study revealed that driver fatigue played a large part in 31% of the cases causing death. Contact an experienced attorney to assist in a wrongful death legal action when truck driver fatigue is suspected.
Negligence will need to be proven for a successful settlement, supported by a degree of fault exhibited by a truck driver that led to catastrophic injury, property damage, or death. Documentation associated with commercial trucking companies can support a claim of negligence caused by driving while fatigued. Support documentation may include electronic time logs, cell phone information, truck inspection trip reports, GPS information, logbooks, and other documents that include time stamps such as bills of lading, or other receipts.
Texas is a “fault state” which means that the party found to be responsible for the accident will have to compensate the other party involved in the accident. Texas utilizes the 51% rule, whereby an injured person can be up to 50% responsible for an accident and still collect damages, but if an individual is more than 51% responsible for the accident, there will be no recoverable compensation. Always call the police when an injury or fatality occurs, the vehicle cannot move, a driver has no insurance, a driver leaves the scene, or a driver is operating vehicle under the influence. Recoverable compensation may include medical bills, lost wages, property replacement, pain and suffering, along with loss of companionship and future earnings in wrongful death actions.
Hire an attorney.
Contact a professional experienced accident attorney for a consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret the law to support your case’s best outcome toward compensation for damages and injuries caused by the truck accident.