Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

There are many different reasons for semi truck accidents. The main thing you want to keep in mind is, when one of these accidents is about to happen, you don’t want to be anywhere near it. If you see an accident coming, you should make every effort to get off of the freeway, to pull over and wait well out of range of what’s about to happen or to do whatever else you have to do to get clear. Here are some things you can look for to avoid getting into one of these accidents. Read More

Deadly Texas Truck Crash and Human Smuggling

McALLEN, Texas –  A pickup truck overloaded with illegal immigrants veered off a highway and crashed into trees in rural South Texas, killing at least 14 people and leaving nine injured, authorities said Monday.

Federal immigration agents were looking into the human smuggling aspect of the case, while public safety authorities investigated the cause of the Sunday evening crash in Goliad County, about 150 miles northeast of the border with Mexico.

The pickup crammed with 23 immigrants from Mexico and Central America crashed less than an hour’s drive from the site of the nation’s most deadly immigrant smuggling case, where 19 immigrants died in 2003 after being placed in a sweltering trailer.

“This is the most people I’ve seen in any passenger vehicle, and I’ve been an officer for 38 years,” Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Gerald Bryant said.

The driver was among the 11 found dead at the scene, Bryant said, adding that investigators were trying to confirm his name.

Six of those who died in the crash were still inside the cab of the mangled vehicle and one more remained in the truck’s bed when emergency crews arrived at the scene, Bryant said. Others were scattered on the roadway and in a ditch between the pavement and the fence line where the truck stopped. Bryant said he saw at least two young children among the dead.

There was very little in the way of belongings or identification, he said.

The victims — men, women and children — were carrying toothbrushes, toothpaste and changes of socks and underwear but no identification.

“It’s the worst single-vehicle wreck I’ve worked in my 40 years in the funeral business,” said Adrian Fulton, a local funeral home director who picked up the 11 people who died at the scene. Fulton estimated their ages from 8 to 30, and he said Homeland Security Investigations agents came Monday to photograph and fingerprint the dead.

The truck was registered in Houston to someone other than the driver, Bryant said. A woman who answered at the address where the truck was registered said she was the daughter of the man listed at the owner. But she said they had sold the truck and it was no longer theirs. Asked when the sale took place, she hung up.

A DPS accident reconstruction team was investigating the crash, but Bryant said it could be another week or two before its work concluded. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were working to confirm the identities of the victims and investigate the possibility that they had been smuggled into the United States.

ICE spokesman Greg Palmore said that among the 11 men and three females who died were citizens of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

Victor Corzo, the head of legal affairs at the Mexican consulate in San Antonio, said the only Mexican citizen involved was a 22-year-old man was from Tamaulipas state. The state in northern Mexico borders South Texas.

Corzo said Monday the consulate was still working to notify the man’s family.

The white 2000 Ford F-250 pickup was heading north on U.S. 59 when it drove off the right side of the highway near the unincorporated community of Berclair and struck two large trees, Bryant said. Berclair is about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio.

It is not uncommon for human traffickers to try to maximize profits by over-loading vehicles with illegal immigrants as they head north from the Texas-Mexico border. In April, nine Mexican immigrants died near the border when the teenage driver of their van crashed after fleeing Border Patrol. There were 18 people in that minivan.

In that case, six adults face a variety of federal charges and the 15-year-old driver was charged in state court with nine counts of murder.

Bryant told The Associated Press that several of the survivors of Sunday’s crash had life-threatening injuries. He did not have their official conditions but described them as “very serious.” The injured were taken to hospitals in San Antonio, Victoria and Corpus Christi.

After an 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer Advice

Jeff RasanskyIf you are in a truck accident, it is important that you do everything you can to document the events surrounding the truck accident. Jeff Rasansky, managing partner at the Rasansky Law Firm and Truck Accident Attorney gives critical advice to people who have been involved in semi truck accidents.  If you have been injured in an 18 wheeler truck accident contact an attorney for a free case investigation and consultation.  Let us help you get the compensation needed to continue life after a truck collision.

Follow these tips if possible:

  • Make observations at the scene, and do not move debris.
  • Take photos with a digital camera or your cell phone.
  • Get relevant eyewitness accounts, paying attention to the language and phrases they use, including the words “slammed into,” “plowed,” “speeding,” and more general accounts of the event.
  • Take down ALL contact information – other drivers and parties to the truck accident, witnesses, police and emergency personnel, and anyone else on the scene.
  • Write down exactly what happened while it is still fresh in your mind.
  • Note where you are, the weather, road conditions, traffic level, time of day, and how the accident occurred.
  • Contact your insurance company and notify them of the accident.
  • Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer for a review of your legal rights, responsibilities, and potential compensation for your case.

A car accident with a large truck is a serious matter and a unique and complex area of personal injury law. It is essential to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer to review your case and advocate for you against the trucking company. Do not attempt to negotiate with the trucking company yourself. Trucking companies are notorious for minimizing claims and will attempt to strong-arm you out of your legal rights and rightful compensation for your injuries. Contact the Rasansky Law Firm to speak with our truck accident lawyers about how we can help if you’ve been injured in a truck accident.

We demand strict professional standards. Our Dallas-based attorneys are among the finest truck accident lawyers and have resolved many multi-million dollar personal injury cases. We are passionate about our role as advocates and treat our clients with complete respect and compassion. We are committed to utilizing all available legal advantages and tactics to successfully resolve your personal injury claim.

What an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Does for YOU!

Jeff RasanskyA Texas truck accident attorney may be able to do quite a bit for you if you’ve been involved in a wreck. These attorneys specialize in suing trucking companies, which can be some of the most well protected companies from a legal perspective. When one of the drivers for these companies injures you, you can be certain that they will have quite a few attorneys making sure that their legal interests are covered. You’ll want that same service for your own interests.

 

The Check

It’s not uncommon for a trucking company to approach someone who is injured by one of their drivers with a check as an offer for compensation for their injuries. In most cases, the person receiving the check could probably do better if they went with an attorney. Even if the case does go to trial, the attorney may be able to negotiate a better settlement with the trucking company. It should come as no surprise that the trucking company is going to try to get away with giving you as little money as possible for your claim.

Liability

The majority of civil suits hinge on establishing that someone was negligent and that the plaintiff suffered an injury or property damage as a result of that negligence. There are many ways that the trucking company can be negligent. Trucking companies are governed by a complex set of federal, state and other regulations that apply to how they need to maintain their equipment and train their drivers. If one of these drivers injures you, they may be liable for damages. Every year, a frightening number of truckers report falling asleep behind the wheel. Truckers that are overtired and who haven’t been given adequate time to rest constitute some of the most dangerous threats on the road.

Choosing a Semi Truck Lawyer

Look for a truck accident lawyer that has plenty of experience with these types of cases. Because trucking companies do have access to a lot of money and, therefore, to a lot of resources, it’s important that your attorney is up to the challenge. Make certain that you don’t deal with the trucking company behind the attorney’s back. When you deal directly with the trucking company, they will most certainly have the advantage and you will likely walk away with less money in compensation than you could get working with your attorney.

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