There is a class action lawsuit that has just been filed in Texas Toll Road Litigation Lawsuits. We have gathered 25,000++ petitioners who wish to file a lawsuit against the State and/or for the purpose of pushing certain legislative overhaul into how toll roads are established to operate within Texas. If you wish to join this lawsuit, then please contact an attorney in your area as they will be able to provide you with specific information and contact information for this lawsuit.
The lawsuit focuses on the fact that the State of Texas does not have an authority to establish toll roadways on privately owned private property without consulting the citizens of that property. The Texas Toll Road Authority was established in 1997. The authority was created by the House of Representatives and the Senate; it is appointed by the Governor.
Texas Toll Road Class Action Lawsuit
Recently, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would establish the authority for the toll authority to impose “fees” on drivers who fail to pay their toll fees. These “fees” are actually quite expensive and most drivers are embarrassed to pay them. As these fines increase over time, many drivers simply give up the use of tolls altogether. This lawsuit aims to make these fines more accountable and ensure that drivers pay their fair share.
Among the class action’s main complaint is that these toll fines are not legally justified since the installation of the toll booths is not part of the highway plan.
In the case of the new toll system being put in place across the Texas Freeway, the “Toll Road” designation is actually an inaccurate description of what the project really consists of: the new tolls themselves are part of the wider Ellington Crossroads project, which encompasses numerous toll projects throughout the state.
The class action suit argues that this is not a valid lawful reason for the State not to release the money that is owed to drivers. Also, they argue that the implementation of the new system constitutes an unconstitutionally unlawful taking of property without just compensation.
There have been several lawsuits over the years regarding tolls.
One of the most notable was brought about by the Texas Supreme Court, which found that the collection of unpaid tolls by the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) was in violation of the constitutional guarantee of the right to due process. In order to collect these tolls, the DOT must provide drivers with accurate receipt documents, which are then collected along the highway.
However, according to this court, this process does not violate the constitutional rights of drivers because it only requires drivers to read a small piece of paper offering them the option to choose to pay by credit or debit card. If a driver chooses to pay by credit card, the case is ruled in favor of the DOT.
These lawsuits come as a major concern to Texas motorists.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drivers’ rights to due process are not violated when drivers are required to pay certain fees at certain tolls. This is actually one of the reasons why the current lawsuit was brought about against the DOT. The DOT argued that the original design of the road did not allow for its toll collection process to be fair, and as such the plan was changed in July of 2021.
Currently, the Class Action Lawsuit involves approximately 1.75 million toll road users in Texas.
Although no monetary damages have been assessed yet as the litigation continues, it is clear that this particular road construction method may soon find itself the subject of a legal challenge. If you would like to know more about the case, you can contact the Texas Toll Road Class Action Lawsuit Management Company.
This firm specializes in representing individual drivers who have been injured while crossing a state bridge or toll road. If you are a motorist who has been injured due to a faulty road construction, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries.