Family files wrongful death lawsuit over Austin, Texas trucking accident that killed two passengers, infant

by Jay Pate

Two women and an infant were killed in a trucking accident when the vehicle in which they were traveling was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on a highway in Austin, Texas. The family of the victims has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the truck and the trucking company who operated the vehicle.

Salomon Fuentes Cruz was driving on the IH-35 highway in Austin with his wife, Telesfora Moran Fuentes; his daughter, Yesenia Nayeli Resendiz, 23; and his granddaughter, Camilia Fuentes.  According to the lawsuit, a truck that was being driven by Debra Thompson “suddenly and unexpectedly” struck Cruz’s truck, causing it to spin out of control. All three of the passengers in the vehicle were killed in the collision.

The lawsuit filed by Cruz and his family alleges that Thompson was negligent for failing to operate the tractor trailer in a “reasonable and prudent manner” and failing to “take proper evasive action” during the accident. The lawsuit also alleges that Werner Enterprises, the operator of the truck, is negligent for failing to properly train its drivers.

Cruz and his family members are seeking more than $1 million in economic damages for wrongful death in connection with the trucking accident that killed his wife, daughter, and granddaughter.

Victims of Trucking Accidents Have Legal Rights

The last thing a victim of a trucking accident should do is entrust their case against a commercial truck or 18-wheeler to a lawyer with little or no experience with complex trucking accident litigation. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our attorneys have handled dozens of cases involving accidents with 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles. We are very proud of the work we had done representing the victims of trucking accidents.

The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have helped achieve a $36 million verdict for the family of a teenager injured in a bus crash in East Texas. They have negotiated a $15 million settlement of a case involving an 18-wheeler accident that killed several members of the same family. They have also achieved verdicts or settlements of $7.25 million, $5.2 million, $5 million, and $1.8 million in other 18-wheeler cases, to name just a few.

A victim of a trucking accident should not entrust their case to a lawyer with little or no experience with complex trucking accident litigation. Trucking companies and their insurance companies have plenty of money and time to spend fighting against your claim. To properly pursue a claim against a trucking company, an attorney must not only work hard but be able to spend what it takes to force the trucking companies and their insurers to take responsibility for their actions.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost someone in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by following the link to our website contact form to receive a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.