Truck Accident Lawyers Help You Know Your Rights and Privileges
In July of 2012, a horrific accident occurred in South Texas, killing fourteen people. The single-vehicle accident happened when the driver of a Ford F-250, carrying illegal immigrant workers north on U.S. 59 lost control of the vehicle. Twenty-three people were packed into the cab of the pick-up, and fourteen were declared dead on the scene, including the driver. Eleven survivors were treated for serious injuries at hospitals in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Victoria.
The truck was registered in Houston and was not registered in the driver’s name. Some of the fatalities included women and children. According to Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, it’s common for human traffickers to pack as many illegal immigrants into a vehicle as possible to minimize money and time spent on extra trips and to maximize the number of illegal immigrants they can transport.
This case is incredibly tragic in more ways than one. The survivors of the accident, destitute citizens of Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico, trying desperately to get work and make better lives for themselves and their families, have no way of knowing their rights in this situation. Truck accident lawyers in Houston like Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can help those in need of legal help after an accident.
While illegal immigrants may not have many rights, they have no way of knowing what they might be entitled to without legal counsel from truck accident lawyers in Houston. The owner of the vehicle, who was not involved in the accident, himself, may also be entitled to some compensation.
It’s fortunate that no other vehicles were involved in the tragic accident, but if they had been, they would have had to deal with insurance, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The only way to get the compensation that you need and deserve in an accident like this, or any accident involving a truck, is to call truck accident lawyers in Houston.