Bill looking to reduce bridge strikes passes Texas House

The Loop 250 overpass in Midland was damaged by a semi-truck in November of 2018. (Gianni Windahl/CBS7)

AUSTIN, Tx. (KOSA) -- Fewer bridge strikes may be in our future.

House Bill 799, filed by State Representative Brooks Landgraf, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday.

HB 799 would look to reduce the number of bridge strikes by holding semi-truck drivers and their employers liable for costly damage caused by their vehicles.

"I'm grateful to my colleagues for supporting what is clearly a common sense measure that will hold vehicle owners strictly liable for the cost of the repairs so that taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill," Landgraf said in a release.

HB 799 is now heading to the Texas Senate. If it passes the Senate, it will go to Governor Greg Abbott for final approval.