Common Causes of an Austin Semi-Truck Accident
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Horrendous Austin semi-truck accidents upend the lives of men, women, and
children, each and every year. Fatalities and serious injuries are the
sad order of the day in nearly any accident involving a big rig and a
passenger automobile. And, in the vast majority of collisions, the people
in the passenger car are the ones who suffer life-shattering consequences.
An Austin semi-truck accident that occurred in May 2018 illustrates how
horrific, devastating, and complicated a collision of this nature can
be. The day undoubtedly started off like any other for the people involved
in the catastrophic collision. The same cannot be said about how the day
A 54-year old big rig operator was behind the wheel of his semi, going
east on U.S. 290. Behind the semi-truck were two women in their 20s. For
reasons not initially reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety,
the truck driver lost control over his rig and crossed into the westbound
lanes of traffic. The semi-truck ended up careening across both eastbound
and westbound lanes of traffic.
As the cab of the semi crossed into the oncoming lanes of traffic, it struck
a passenger car driven by a 27-year old man. After being struck by the
semi, the car drove off the road, coming to rest in a grassy area nearby.
The driver of that vehicle sustained minimal injuries
The two women traveling behind the semi-truck were unable to stop their
vehicle in time to prevent smashing into the trailer portion of the big
rig that was completely blocking the eastbound lanes. Investigators reported
that the women were traveling at a safe distance from the semi before
the big rig operator lost control of the huge truck. Both women were pronounced
dead at the scene of the accident.
Austin Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer Hotline
When a traumatic accident of this nature occurs, injured individuals and
family members of people who are killed undoubtedly have tough, challenging
questions about their legal rights. The Doan Law Firm, a nationwide law
firm headquartered right here in Texas, maintains a 24-hour Austin Semi-Truck
Accident Lawyer Hotline at (512) 806-0000. The Hotline is staffed 365
days a year to ensure that people dealing with the aftermath of a shattering
collision with a commercial truck have ready access to the information
and support they need.
There are a myriad of questions and concerns people have following this
or any type of accident that results in personal injury or a fatality.
For example, understanding the common causes of an Austin semi-truck accident
Common Causes of Austin Truck Accidents
As noted a moment ago, the Texas Department of Public Safety could not
immediately ascertain why the big rig operator lost control of his truck.
The reality is that there are some common underlying causes for Texas
semi accidents that include:
- Distracted semi operator
- Intoxicated or impaired semi-truck driver
- Fatigued commercial truck driver
- Mechanical malfunction
- Improper lane change or turn
In many semi-truck accidents, more than one underlying cause might exist.
Using the fatal collision discussed a moment ago, a number of factors
underpin the accident. There may have been a mechanical issue with the
semi. In addition, the driver of the rig may have been distracted at the
time of the accident. Distracted driving remains a major cause of thousands
of semi accidents across the United States each year. Common examples
of distractions include:
- Talking on phone
- Consulting a GPS device
- Talking to a passenger
- Adjusting a radio
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A skilled, tenacious Austin semi-truck accident lawyer from our firm can
provide you the assistance required to ascertain how and why and accident
occurred. Appropriate parties can only be held responsible when the underlying
cause or causes of an accident are identified.
The first step in hiring a semi-truck accident attorney is to schedule
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