Fatal accident in Laredo left one man dead and a city leader injured – but who was to blame?

Trucking and transportation is a big industry…especially in Laredo. Nearly half of all the trade from the US to Mexico comes through the area.  As the largest inland port in the nation, big trucks and 18 wheelers are a common sight. Port Laredo reports that 16,000 trucks cross its bridges daily – and that was before the coronavirus pandemic.

You or your family may even work for one of the many companies in this industry. But managing so many trucks and drivers is a challenge, even for large experienced companies. And it’s only a matter of time before an accident happens.

In September of 2019, Laredo experienced a fatal trucking accident that took the life of a 60-year-old man and injured a city leader. Jessie Tapia Jr. was driving on Loop 20 near Lake Casa Blanca when an 18-wheeler struck his Dodge Challenger head-on. He lived in Laredo and was a retired Sysco truck driver of 20 years.

The accident also injured the Laredo Co-City Interim Manager at the time, Rosario Cabello, who was in her Volkswagen SUV along with her son. She went to the hospital, but fortunately, did recover from her injuries. Another man, driving a green Ford F150, was also injured and taken to the hospital.

Information is available on the internet about the victims in this crash but finding anything about the truck driver or the company he worked for is difficult. Could the trucking company or their insurance be behind this?

These big trucking companies all work with insurance agencies to handle accidents and claims involving their truckers. And the insurance companies that service the trucking industry are very crafty.

In many cases, they will do whatever it takes to minimize their exposure and keep more money in their pockets - and out of yours. That is why you need a lawyer on your side who will aggressively fight these clever insurance agencies.

Jason DeSouza is a leading injury attorney who represents people in South Texas against big trucking companies and their insurance. If you were injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler or company truck, he will fight to put the money that you deserve for your injury back in your pocket.

He knows these insurance companies well – and has caught them in their lies before. He’s even managed to recover confidential insurance documents from them that they didn’t want to reveal. These documents were ones that they kept secret to avoid paying out more money – money that the plaintiffs deserved to win.

"We often uncover a history of federal citations, documenting unsafe drivers and unsafe driving practices that trucking companies engage in every day.  Because we know where the trucking companies bury the bodies, so to speak, we know where to look. Not every lawyer does." – Jason DeSouza, DeSouza Law Firm, P.C.

Remember – no matter how nice or sympathetic the insurance companies seem, their goal is to hold on to the money.  And they want to stay out of the news. If they can settle quietly and for the minimum amount, it can help to keep other victims from pursuing the justice that they deserve.

Don’t let them pocket the money that should be yours. Contact Jason DeSouza instead.

DeSouza Law Firm is a leading personal injury firm representing accident victims throughout Texas.

If you’ve been injured by a car, truck, 18 wheeler, company vehicle, or in the oilfield, call DeSouza Injury Lawyers today at 361-799-2222.