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Family works to prevent another fatal truck accident

Three years ago, a family lost their beloved 25-year-old son.  The man was killed in a horrific and preventable truck accident. However, due to this family's tireless efforts, Texas freeways may also become safer in the near future.

The family filed a lawsuit against the trucking company that owned and operated the rig involved in this fatal wreck. According to the investigation following the crash, the trucking company failed to ensure the safe operation of its equipment because the tractor's brakes were faulty. In addition to the brake problem, the owner purportedly tampered with the maintenance logs and directed his driver to avoid a safety inspection site in order to avoid having the truck removed from service.

Along with the bad brakes, the family alleged that the driver lacked the proper experience behind the wheel. The judge in the case ruled in their favor and went so far as to make the unprecedented ruling that the owner of the company could face incarceration if he is found in violation of any other laws that regulate the industry. While the family was awarded approximately $9 million for damages, they have also worked with a California lawmaker to make a change in one law that may ensure the safety of fellow motorists.

The new law, referred to as "Daniel's Law"--after their son-- would require that those seeking a CDL in the state would be required to take a 30 hour driver's course,  and it will purportedly tighten some safety regulations. It is expected that the governor will sign the bill before the end of the year. The trucking industry has not made any statements regarding the proposed legislation. The family is hopeful that this law will help prevent others from suffering a tragic loss caused by a horrific truck accident. Texas families who have also endured the physical injuries and emotional distress caused by these wrecks are likewise entitled to seek a remedy through the civil court system.

Source: ksbw.com, "Santa Cruz man's death on Highway 17 leads to settlement", Phil Gomez, Aug. 17, 2017

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