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Steer Clear of Cows Crossing Eastex Freeway

Steer Clear of Cows Crossing Eastex Freeway

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Q: Should you stop a vehicle on a freeway to protect an injured animal?

Why did the chicken cross the road? That’s a question people have been asking for ages. The new question, at least in northeast Houston, is why did the cow cross the freeway?

Well, we may never know what the cow was thinking, but we know its presence on the freeway in the middle of the night played a part in a serious truck accident.

At approximately 3:00 am, a roadside assistance crew in a pickup truck in route to a job reportedly slammed into the back of a stopped wrecker truck on the Eastex Freeway. The wrecker driver had allegedly stopped on the freeway to block other cars from further injuring a cow that was apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Reportedly, the pick-up suffered extensive damage, having hit the wrecker at highway speed, and the driver had to be cut out of the truck. The pick-up occupants and the wrecker driver were taken to the hospital and the cow did not survive.

When someone is seriously injured as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of somebody else, they may be entitled to sue for compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit. There are special rules regarding the trucking industry, designed to reduce truck accidents and their devastating consequences. The rules involve, among other things, vehicle and driver safety requirements including restrictions on the hours and distances drivers may drive.

If liability is established, compensatory damages can include current and future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, current and future lost income and diminished earning capacity, past and future mental anguish and physical pain, physical impairment or disfigurement, and more, depending on the circumstances of your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, or any other accident, that was someone else’s fault, the Law Offices of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our offices in Lufkin and Houston, Texas, we help injured clients and their families throughout Texas as well as many other states.