Were you or someone you love injured in a truck wreck or car accident on the highway, or was someone you love fatally injured? You can recover damages from the at-fault party by filing a personal injury or wrongful death insurance claim or lawsuit. Our I-45 highway accident lawyer in Texas can help you.
Our Texas highway accident lawyer will build a solid case for financial recovery by collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing the case for a jury trial and negotiating a fair and appropriate settlement. At Domingo Garcia, we never stop fighting for the injured clients and families we represent. Our goal is to help you start putting your life back together by fighting for the fair financial outcome you and your family deserve.
Is I-45 the Most Dangerous Road in Texas?
I-45 is a major highway that helps local Houston and Southeast Texas travelers alike move across the state of Texas. It is also a frequently traveled route for truck drivers who transport goods and supplies all over Texas and the country. It covers the following Texas cities:
I-45 is one of the most dangerous interstates in the state of Texas. Some sources even cite it as the most dangerous and deadly road in the entire U.S. It averages more than 56 fatalities per 100 miles, according to an article from KHOU-11. Factors that contribute to these frequent and deadly accidents include busyness, long urban stretches, and driver behavior. Additional causes include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
Our Texas attorney will carefully and quickly investigate and document the cause of your accident. We will hire investigators, accident reconstructionists and other experts to help quickly prove the cause of the accident. We aim to streamline the financial recovery process for you and fight for the compensation you need by moving quickly on not only the cause of the accident but assist you or your family members in obtaining important medical care and treatment.
Houston, TX, Is Home to the Majority of I-45 Motor Vehicle Accidents
Of the more than 30 cities of varying sizes the highway services, Houston sees more accidents and fatalities than any other. In 2021 alone, more than 73 people lost their lives in fatal collisions, per KHOU-11.
Case Highlight (create some sort of graphic) Our clients’ family member was working on a highway crew on I-45 in Houston when a fatigued delivery driver failed to maintain his lane of travel and veered into the worksite striking and killing the worker. We quickly assembled an accident reconstruction team and filed a wrongful death suit to preserve valuable evidence. Within 12 months of the tragic accident we won a $3,250,000 settlement for the family.
If you or a family member in Houston suffered an injury in an accident on this dangerous interstate, our I-45 highway accident lawyer will fight to recover compensation for you. Plans to expand this hazardous stretch of highway are currently on hold.
Compensation for I-45 Accident Victims in Texas
The aftermath of an accident can lead to a plethora of unexpected expenses. Our law firm will hold the at-fault party in your case responsible for their actions. The compensation we recover for you can include:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Past, present, and future income loss
- Treatment-related travel expenses
- Required assistive medical devices
- Property damage or total destruction
- Diminished property value
Bills, receipts, invoices, estimates, and other documents can substantiate your non-economic damages. We also help you recover non-economic damages including:
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
It is more complicated than you think to assess all your accident-related losses. When our law firm accepts your case, we make sure to include every loss in the final calculation of your case’s value.
Compensation for Families of Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities
If your loved one lost their life in a car, truck, or bus accident on I-45, you could recover various wrongful death damages. Our law firm will assess your case and determine your right to recover the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of your loved one’s income
- Loss of their domestic contributions
- The mental anguish of surviving family members
- Loss of companionship and guidance
In general, the deceased person’s dependents can benefit from a wrongful death action. There are exceptions, though, that allow other family members to recover compensation. The best way to understand your possible right to compensation is to review the details of your relationship with one of our team members.
Domingo Garcia’s History of Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements
When we say we stop at nothing to recover the best possible compensation for our clients, we mean it. Some recent examples of settlements and verdicts we fought to recover for our clients include:
- $8,750,000 settlement for a client injured in an 18-wheeler truck accident
- $1,191,560.52 settlement for a client who suffered multiple injuries in an 18-wheeler wreck
- $1,000,000 settlement for the family of a truck accident fatality
- $1,000,000 settlement for a truck accident resulting in a foot amputation
- $1,000,000 settlement for the victim of a commercial vehicle accident resulting in a lumbar fracture
This is only a partial list of our case outcomes. See more verdicts and see how hard we work to recover compensation for the clients we represent on our settlements page.
Our Law Firm Will Ensure You Understand How the Statute of Limitations Applies to Your I-45 Accident Case
Recovering compensation after a negligence-based accident will usually mean negotiating an insurance settlement. In some cases, an insurance claim does not cover all the damages you suffered. If that happens, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
In general, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, we must file your personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date the accident occurred. Similarly, you need to file your wrongful death lawsuit within two years. Additional filing and notification deadlines could also apply to your case if a government or municipal entity bears any liability.
If any applicable deadlines expire, you may not be able to file your lawsuit at all. You may encounter a problem recovering compensation if you do not file your lawsuit on time. The sooner you get our team at Domingo Garcia involved in your case, the more time we have to meet the required filing deadlines.
Our I-45 Highway Accident Lawyer in Texas Proves Your Right to Compensation by Establishing Negligence
Texas gives you the right to pursue the at-fault party for compensation after an accident. To do so, we must prove the other party is the reason you were involved in an accident. We can do this by establishing negligence. You do not have to take on this critical and difficult part of your case on your own. When our law firm accepts your case, we do all the hard work of proving these elements for you.
The elements of negligence include:
Duty of Care
Every driver on I-45 has a responsibility to all other drivers on the highway. Each driver must obey the rules of the road and operate their vehicle in the safest way possible. That includes staying alert, obeying speed limits, and obeying all traffic signs and signals.
Breach of Duty
The at-fault party did not maintain their duty of care. When our I-45 truck accident lawyer represents you, they will prove the at-fault driver’s breach of duty led to your accident. They will also prove other at-fault parties bear financial liability. This can include the maker of the truck or its parts if a manufacturing or design flaw or defect caused the accident.
This element of negligence requires you to prove your accident would not have occurred if not for the at-fault party’s actions. Your lawyer will help you prove the at-fault party should have had reasonable knowledge that their actions could lead to an accident.
You can seek compensation for your post-accident costs by proving they are the result of the accident. This can include the costs of treating your injuries and the work you miss as you recover.
Leave Evidence Collection to Our I-45 Accident Lawyer
The story of your accident is told based on the evidence. To ensure you have a robust evidence file, our interstate highway accident lawyer will conduct an independent investigation. We will:
- Locate and interview available witnesses
- Consult car and truck accident experts
- Obtain and review your police report
- Obtain and review your medical records
Leave the investigation to our results-oriented team. Where possible, we also consult an accident reconstructionist and request information on the other involved vehicle. We treat your case like the important undertaking it is and fight hard for your right to recoverable damages.
Evidence that Proves the Accident’s Causes and Contributing Factors
It’s possible to settle your personal injury case without going to court. When we build your case, we collect evidence that includes:
- Your police report, because it will tell us the names and contact information of all involved parties and insurers. It will state the accident’s date, time, location, and road and weather conditions. It will also tell us the accident’s causes and contributing factors.
- Statements from anyone who witnessed the accident. In some cases, witnesses and bystanders can also provide smartphone images and video that clarify details before, during, and after the collision. Our investigation may also uncover dashcam footage.
We also collect evidence specific to your case. Our I-45 accident lawyer can obtain copies of a truck driver’s logbooks, cargo-loading records, and their truck’s maintenance and repair records.
Evidence That Proves the Accident’s Financial Aftermath
Determining and documenting the costs you incur after an accident is a time-consuming process. Our legal team will create a detailed list of your recoverable damages and the documentation that proves their value. This can include:
- Your medical records, because they will document the cause of your injuries and the costs of your known and anticipated medical bills. We also obtain your written prognosis to ensure your financial compensation includes the costs of any ongoing care you will require.
- Your salary history records, because they prove the income loss you experience due to your injuries and the recovery process. This includes proof of full and part-time employment. It also includes freelance, consultant, gig economy income, and full or partial business ownership.
Because it is challenging to document the monetary value of non-economic or intangible damages, we handle that for you as well. Our legal team will explain how we assess the costs of physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering. We also take your own written statement to prove the toll the accident has taken on your life.
Commonly Reported Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents in Texas
According to Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDOT) statistics, 19,448 people sustained serious injuries in accidents in 2021. An accident on a busy highway like I-45 can lead to catastrophic, life-changing injuries including:
- Severe burns
- Disfiguring injuries
- Limb and digit amputation
- Spine injuries and paralysis
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Abdomen and pelvic injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
When our law firm handles your case, we take care of all details including ordering your past, current, and future medical records and bills. On your own, this can be an overwhelming and time-consuming task since records and bills can come from a variety of healthcare professionals and facilities. Leave it to us so you can focus on getting better.
I-45 Fatalities Are Life-Changing for Surviving Family Members
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, Texas motor vehicle accident fatalities cost nearly $5 billion. This number represents the following:
- $37 million in emergency medical expenses
- $4.85 billion in lost work and productivity costs
In addition to the loss of your loved one, a fatal accident can wreak unexpected financial havoc on your family. Our law firm fights to recover damages for the surviving family members of fatal I-45 accident cases.
Get a Free Review of Your I-45 Accident Case
Were you or a loved one injured in an accident on I-45 in Texas? If you were, or if a loved one suffered fatal injuries, our highway accident lawyer can fight for financial compensation for you and your family.
Founded 35 years ago, we are passionate about pursuing compensation for the injured clients we represent. Learn more about how hard we go to bat for you by contacting our case review team at Domingo Garcia today.