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Legend has it that the town of Helena in Karnes County was wiped off the map by an angry father. His son was shot dead and he demanded to know who pulled the trigger. No one answered. No one really knew for sure.

According to the tale, Emmett Butler got drunk and accidentally shot the town’s sheriff.  So, the people chased him down and killed him. Then his wealthy father influenced the new railroad builders to go through Karnes City instead of Helena.

Granted, Emmett did not intend to kill the sheriff, but he was still responsible. And when someone causes an accident, they should still be held accountable.

Today’s justice system is more civilized, but some things are still the same. Those with influence use their money to manipulate things in their favor.

This happens all the time with accidents involving company trucks and 18-wheelers.

“I’m frequently contacted by families in small towns whose son or daughter or mother or father was injured by someone with money or influence and they don’t know who to turn to. These wealthy families can’t buy me or my firm, so I aggressively pursue my client’s interests until they are satisfied. Their money or power doesn’t control my firm.”  – Jason F. DeSouza, DeSouza Law, PC

Just this past month, in Karnes County on FM 792, a Kingsville man by the name of James D. Shilhavy was traveling north when he collided with an 18-wheeler on the road. At age 56, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police report said that Shilhavy’s 2017 Ford F-150 crashed into the tractor-trailer at the intersection of FM792 and SH 80.  The driver of the large truck suffered minor injuries, which were treated at the scene.

It was unclear why Shilhavy collided with the 18-wheeler.

And while there is no known evidence that the driver of the semi-truck was partially responsible, it does raise the question, what really happened?

Often there are reports of these kinds of accidents – a vehicle suddenly collides with a large truck and we’re left wondering about the details. Did the driver of a standard-sized vehicle really drive right into the path of an 18-wheeler?

It’s possible, but what is the rest of the story?

Insurance companies for the trucking industry will do anything to avoid paying damages for an accident, perhaps even cover up confidential documents that could help prove a case.

But, no matter how powerful the other side is, you deserve justice for your injury. Justice isn’t about money or power – it’s about doing the right thing.

Jason DeSouza is a personal injury attorney who aggressively fights to get full and fair compensation for his clients.  You don’t have to be rich for him to help you. In fact, you don’t have to pay him a dime unless he wins your case.

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.

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