In early August, Texans learned the horrible news that an overloaded van carrying 29 migrant workers had crashed in South Texas. Ten of those migrants died in the crash, and the others suffered serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
The car accident lawyers at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas extend their most sincere condolences to the victims and families affected by this accident. We believe that understanding how these accidents happen is the key to preventing similar tragedies in the future.
What caused the South Texas migrant accident?
Investigators have not yet finalized their analysis of the accident, but a few facts have been established. The 15-passenger van was carrying twice that many occupants. The extra load made the van top-heavy. Extra weight in any vehicle can alter a vehicle’s performance and handling, particularly if that weight is not distributed properly. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the van was speeding when it crashed into a utility pole and stop sign.
How do investigators establish the causes of a single-vehicle accident?
When investigating the causes of a single-vehicle accident to establish fault and liability, a car accident lawyer might consider the following factors:
- Who was driving the vehicle, and did that operator have a clean driving record?
- Were there any reports of flaws or problems with the roads where the accident happened?
- Did the owner of the vehicle maintain it properly, and was the vehicle subject to any safety recalls from its manufacturer?
- Were any other drivers near the accident scene operating their vehicle erratically such that the driver in the single-car accident had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid another car?
Experienced car crash lawyers know that the driver of the wrecked vehicle might not always be responsible for the crash. Reckless drivers of other vehicles, manufacturing defects, or poor maintenance work could all potentially be responsible for a single-vehicle accident. When this is the case, these negligent parties could be held liable for any damages incurred by anyone who was harmed in the crash.
Call the Car Accident Attorneys at Angel Reyes & Associates
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a car accident that may have been caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. At Angel Reyes & Associates, we always put our clients first and work tirelessly for your best interests. Please contact us through our easy website form or call us directly for a no-fee consultation. Our track record speaks for itself, as we have recovered over $1 billion in settlements and jury awards for personal injury victims in Texas.