18-wheeler crashes are an unfortunate reality for Texas drivers each day.
Case DetailsIn February 2020, a Border Patrol agent was traveling on FM 3338 in Webb County, Texas. A defendant driver was operating a Freightliner tractor-trailer in the opposite direction at 74.5 mph in a 45-mph construction zone approaching a curve. As a result of this high rate of speed, as well as the roadway being wet from a recent rainstorm, the trailer jackknifed, crossed into the oncoming traffic lane, and violently impacted the Border Patrol vehicle. After the crash, the defendant driver refused a controlled substance test. The plaintiff was severely injured with massive spinal injuries.
Proving Negligence In TexasFor a case involving an 18-wheeler, the discovery process is critical. It’s not enough to simply accept the crash report. It requires investigating, with an expert, the history of the vehicle’s speeds, driver logs, as well as the company employing the driver. It’s a lot like finding pieces to a puzzle and fitting them together to get a full picture of the driver and the company’s supervision of that employee. Downloading the ECM data from the tractor trailer will reveal:
- Hard brakes