According to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), in Texas in 2021, there were 22,296 vehicles involved in accidents with large trucks. A total of 796 people were killed and another 11,355 were injured. The attorneys at Springer & Lyle are concerned about lives lost and persons injured due to trucking accidents. The driver and passengers in an ordinary 3,000-pound car have little defense when hit by a fully loaded semi-truck and tractor rig weighing about 80,000 pounds. FMCSA studies show that in 90 percent of trucking accidents, the truck driver is at … [Read more...]
Can Multiple Parties Be Liable for a Car Accident?
The easy answer to the question, “Can multiple parties be liable for a car accident?” is “Yes.” First, all drivers involved in a car accident may be at fault to some degree. For example, the person driving in front of you may have stopped abruptly causing you to hit them from behind. Often, it is assumed the person in the rear is at fault for not stopping in time, but if you were following too close or distracted by texting or talking or picking something up off the floor, you may also be held liable for the accident. Under the legal theory of vicarious liability, another … [Read more...]
Can A Passenger Be Liable for A Car Accident?
A passenger in a car that has collided with another vehicle may be, in rare cases, held responsible for a car accident. Our Denton attorneys at Springer & Lyle will help you understand when a passenger may be responsible for a car accident and when you may be able to collect damages from a passenger. Circumstances in Which a Passenger May be Responsible for a Car Accident In general, only a driver of a vehicle can be held responsible for a car accident. Rare times when a passenger may be liable include the following circumstances. Passenger grabs the steering wheel. In the rare … [Read more...]
Someone was injured on the sidewalk in front of my house. Am I liable?
When you look out your front window and see a pizza delivery kid writhing in pain on the sidewalk in front of your house from slipping or tripping and falling, one of the things that goes through your mind is whether you’re liable for his injury. You didn’t even order a pizza. He was going to deliver to the wrong house, but there he is on the ground. According to the personal injury attorneys at Springer & Lyle, liability on this case turns on the application of Texas law to the specific facts surrounding the fall. Any liability attributable to you is based on the laws of premises … [Read more...]