I-35 Highway Wreck Attorney In New Braunfels, Texas
Comal County And Hays County Interstate 35 Crash Lawyer
It has been said that if there is a main street in the United States, Interstate 35 is that roadway. Despite a few name changes, twists and turns, this highway runs almost directly from Duluth, Minnesota, all the way to Laredo, Texas. I-35 is also a major commercial artery between the United States and Mexico, so there is a high volume of commercial traffic in addition to its many noncommercial travelers. Since many drivers are from out-of-state, or at least outside of the area, they are unfamiliar with the road’s various inclines, curves and construction zones. So, Interstate 35 is arguably the most dangerous expressway in South Central Texas.
One of our primary mission at The Bettersworth Law Firm is to make roadways like Interstate 35 safer for all travelers, whether or not they are our clients. We accomplish this by aggressively pursuing compensation for injured victims. Holding negligent parties responsible for the damages they cause is the best way to get drivers to slow down, watch the road, avoid alcohol and otherwise fulfill their legal duties to their fellow motorists.
Truck Wrecks On I-35
Despite some changes, there are trucking companies that still pay drivers by the load as opposed to by the mile. So, these drivers are under intense pressure to reach their destinations as quickly as possible. Other companies only compensate drivers for the time they spend behind the wheel. As a result, loads are quickly piled onto the truck instead of thoroughly secured and vital safety equipment checks are little more than passing glances.
Because of the sheer size of these vehicles, and the fact that diesel fuel burns differently from gasoline, injuries in a serious truck collision are nearly always either incredibly serious or even fatal.
Large Bus Crashes
As the home of the Alamo, 17th-century Spanish missions, the Riverwalk and a host of other attractions, tourism is a major part of the San Antonio-area economy. Alas, tour buses contribute to many freeway collisions. The operators frequently drive late at night or early in the morning, so fatigue may be an issue. Furthermore, out-of-town drivers are unfamiliar with the road, so it is quite easy to miss a curve or cross traffic at the last minute to reach an exit, especially in darkness or low-light conditions.
These crashes also result in multiple serious injuries, due to the size of the vehicles and the number of unrestrained passengers in the bus itself. In all these cases, victims are typically entitled to compensation for both their economic and noneconomic damages. Punitive damages are also available, in some cases.
How Much Of I-35 Runs Through Texas?
The full U.S. length of Interstate 35 is 1,569 miles. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the portion within the borders of Texas is 588 miles, which is just over one-third of the entire length of the highway.
Why Is The Texas Stretch Of I-35 So Dangerous?
There are numerous reasons why I-35 was ranked fifth among the most dangerous roads in the United States. First, it runs through major metropolitan areas. In Texas, it winds through San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, among others regions. Major metro areas already tend to have higher accident rates than smaller communities, and at least some of those accidents would occur on I-35.
The other major factor is that because I-35 is a shipping route, it is filled with large 18-wheelers. These giant vehicles are dangerous even when driven carefully. With thousands of trucks following this one route, accidents are all but assured.
Discuss Your Legal Options With An Attorney For Free
A routine trip on Interstate 35 could become tragic at any moment. For a free consultation with an attorney who stands up for you when tragedy strikes, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm at 830-606-0404. Our team can arrange doctor visits, even if the patients have no money and no insurance.