ValleyCentral reported that a fatal crash involving a semi-truck occurred on FM 106 just east of FM 509 in Harlingen, TX 78550.
Around 2:20 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2023, the commercial trailer was traveling on FM 106, heading eastbound when 25-year-old driver, Juan Jose Bazaldua-Sanchez, lost control of the truck. The semi jack-knife in the center of the road caused three other vehicles to crash into it. Two victims died at the scene, and three others were transported to a hospital for treatment.
Bazaldua-Sanchez was arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter. Officials are still investigating the accident.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer in Texas. Marc recently discussed the legal options available for victims injured in semi-truck accidents or their surviving families.
"Semi-truck accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. Semi-trucks can often weigh up to 80,000 lbs. This extra weight makes them more a risk to other vehicles on the roadways. Truck drivers need to be more aware and refrain from becoming distracted, which is the number one cause of accidents. A negligent semi-truck driver can be held responsible for an accident."
"In cases of negligence, victims or their families may be able to file a lawsuit against those accountable. Aside from a negligent driver, victims may be able to sue the truck driver's employer. The employer may be liable for damages if it can be proven that the driver was not properly trained, had a history of driving infractions, or had too large of a workload. They may also be able to seek compensation through a third-party claim. In this type of claim, victims can seek compensation from a third-party, such as a manufacturer or distributor of the truck, if their negligence caused the accident."
"It is important to note that trucking companies are well-protected by insurance policies and may try to settle out of court to avoid a lengthy legal battle. With the help of an experienced truck accident attorney, victims and their families can seek the compensation they deserve."