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What is 'vicarious liability' in Texas vehicle accidents?


Imagine that a Houston resident is traveling home from work, perhaps using the interstate to get from downtown to the suburbs where they live. As they approach their exit, thinking about what's for dinner, they notice an 18-wheeler begin to drift into their lane. Hemmed in by other cars, there is no place they can go, and the big rig hits their car, causing an accident. Hopefully, they are not seriously injured, but that is always a possibility when a large truck collides with a smaller vehicle. There is a very real chance that the victim may end up in court to try to recoup some compensation for the medical bills, missed work, and pain they have suffered.

Many truckers are required to follow rest rules


Most Houston residents know intuitively that fatigued driving is not a good idea and can prove to be quite dangerous. In particular, the driver of a large truck hauling property through Houston while en route to another part of the country can wreak havoc on smaller vehicles should the driver fall asleep behind the wheel or just mentally doze off.

Houston rethinking safety after commercial vehicle accidents


Over four million people live in the Houston area. A good number of these people have to get to a job five days a week, and just about all of them have to leave the house for various reasons every day. One way the city has attempted to make traveling around the area easier is by adopting certain public transport systems, such as the MetroRail light rail system.

What is different about a commercial vehicle accident?


Our readers in Houston know that car accidents are common. After all, Houston is one of the largest cities in the country, and with a large population comes more commuters and more car accidents. But, some people may not realize that an accident that involves a passenger vehicle and a commercial vehicle will likely have some different factors to consider beyond those at issue in the common "fender bender."

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