Texas – March 3, 2021

An 18-wheeler got tangled in utility wires while leaving a parking lot near 3800 Eastman Road knocking a utility pole over and causing damage.  The driver was not injured, but police were called due to the dangerous condition caused by the utility pole falling.  Truck accident attorneys in Texas can assist with insurance claims after an accident results in property damage.

Truck accident insurance.

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.   Since the utility pole was damaged, the truck driver may be responsible to claims filed from the municipality, or the electric company.  A lawyer should be able to assist with any forthcoming actions.

Coverage requirements based on increased size.

Texas and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have specific insurance requirements for tractor trailer trucks that impact insurance claims. Carriers operating in Texas must adhere to the maximum length, height, width, and axle limitations and meet requirements for bridge and weight laws. The size discrepancy between large trucks and passenger vehicles is a major factor in the amount of damages caused in truck accidents. Truck accident attorneys can assist when a truck is over the regulation sizes, supporting a higher settlement for catastrophic damages in a legal claim.

Time limitations and government entities.

There is also a 180 day period to file a notice against a government entity regarding tort claims. There is a maximum amount that accident victims may recover depending on what type of government unit is being sued. The state and municipalities allow up to $250,000 per person and $500,000 per incident. All other levels of government allow for $100,000 per person and $300,000 per incident. A truck accident attorney can inform a claimant of any deviations from that timeline and caps on recoverable damages.

Seek legal counsel.

Experienced Texas attorneys can offer truck accident victims, and their families, competent legal counsel with valuable resources to support a case.  Skilled attorneys at the Cooper Law Firm can file a legal action for damages, or insurance benefits when property is damaged by a truck.

Cooper Law Firm

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2222
Longview, TX 75606

Physical Address: 501 N Third St,
Longview, TX 75601

Telephone ; (903) 297-0037
Toll-Free: 1-855-297-HURT (4878)
Facsimile: (903) 236-0035

 

Sources.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/rotten-utility-pole-falls-after-18-wheeler-strikes-power-lines-in-longview/ar-BB1ed23U

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/191544/fatal-large-truck-crashes-in-the-us/

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/auto-insurance.html

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/CIVILPRACTICEANDREMEDIESCODE.pdf

https://www.dps.texas.gov/InternetForms/Forms/MCS-9.pdf

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