There’s a new house bill seeking to regulate liability in car crashes for company-owned vehicles according to a KXAN article from May 18th. In it they say:
“People affected by crashes causing bodily injury or death involving commercial motor vehicles would find it harder to win damages from companies under a bill that was approved by the Texas House and is making its way through the Senate.
Commercial motor vehicles include 18-wheelers, Uber and Lyft vehicles, delivery trucks and any other vehicle being used for commercial purposes. The bill’s sponsors say it will prevent excessive lawsuits against companies, while road safety advocates say the bill would make Texas’ already unsafe roads even more dangerous.”
The bill passed in the House according to a Texas Tribune article from May 18th. In it they say:
“The bill passed in the House 81-49 on April 30, then the Senate followed suit in a 30-1vote on Wednesday. The Senate initially passed the bill unanimously, but Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston, changed his vote after meaning to vote ‘no,’ according to his legislative aide. The bill will now go back to the House, which can either accept a Senate amendment and send the bill to Gov. Greg Abbott or reject the amendment and send the bill to a conference committee to work out the chambers’ differences.”
If the bill becomes law, it protects certain companies from liability, but may make it more difficult for those injured in said crashes to seek damages.