Head-on Semi-Truck Accidents
100 Congress Avenue, Suite 2000
Austin, Texas 78701
Semi-trucks are massive, 80,000 pounds being the maximum weight of a typical
big rig. With special permission, the allowable weight of a semi-truck
can be even higher.
Because of their size, an accident with a semi-truck can have devastating
consequences. This particularly is the true in the case of head-on semi-truck
accidents. A startling 92 percent of all semi accidents in and around
Austin, Texas, and across the United States result in at least one fatality.
Common Causes of Head-on Semi-Truck Collisions
There are a number of primary situations in which a head-on collision involving
a semi-truck occurs. These include:
- semi crossing the yellow line
- failing to yield right of way
- running a stop sign or red light
- making an improper turn
- losing control of vehicle
In some cases, there exists another underlying cause associated with one
or another of the primary situations that result in a head-on collision.
These are a fatigued driver or one that is operating under the influence
of a mind-altering substance.
The Epidemic of Tired Semi Drivers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3 percent of
all drivers on U.S. roadways report falling asleep at the wheel while
driving within the past 30 days. The rate of fatigued drivers is thought
to be even higher among commercial semi operators. Those statistics are
hard to come by because data is not particularly reliable. Semi drivers
do not usually self-report fatigue.
Although there are specific regulations on the books regarding how long
a commercial driver can be on the road in a particular period of time,
these mandates routinely are ignored. They are ignored the detriment of
other motorists who end up being injured, or even killed, by an accident
caused by a fatigued driver.
Mind-Altering Substances and Semi Drivers
Another contributing factor to semi-truck head-on collisions is the use
of mind-altering substances by commercial drivers. This includes substances
technically designed to perk a driver up and address fatigue. The reality
is that these types of substances have negative side effects, particularly
when abused by a commercial truck driver.
Wrongful Death and Head-on Semi Accidents
If a semi driver has caused the death of your loved one, you may have the
ability to pursue what is known as wrongful death case in the state of
Texas. A wrongful death case permits certain family members the ability
to obtain compensation for the loss of a loved one because of the negligence
of a semi-truck driver.
Examples of family members who can bring this type of lawsuit, depending
on the facts of a case, include a spouse, a child or parents of the deceased
individual. The attorneys at The Doan Law Firm at 512-806-0000 have experience
in representing clients in wrongful death claims and lawsuits.
Compensation for Head-on Semi Accidents
If you are injured in a head-on collision with a semi-truck, you may be
entitled to compensation for different types of losses that include:
- pain and suffering
- medical bills
- lost wages
- emotional suffering
- punitive damages
The aftereffects of a collision with a semi can be significant and long-lasting.
Therefore, in addition to compensation for current losses, you likely
will be entitled to compensation for future losses you reasonably expect
to incur in the future. These can include future medical expenses, future
lost wages and pain and suffering you continue to endure. An Austin truck
accident attorney can fight to ensure you obtain all compensation to which
you are entitled.
Retain a Committed, Compassionate Austin Truck Accident Lawyer
An head-on accident with a semi-truck nearly always has utterly devastating
consequences. As mentioned previously, the chance of at least one person
being killed in such an accident is likely. Moreover the injuries suffered
by a victim of a head-on collision with a semi-truck are nearly certain
to life-altering. Whether a loved one has been killed, or you or a member
of your family suffered profound injuries, you must retain a committed,
compassionate and qualified attorney, like a member of the legal team
at The Doan Law Firm.
An Austin truck accident attorney from The Doan Law Firm can be reached
around the clock, 365 days a year, by calling 512-806-0000. An Austin
truck accident attorney can meet with at your convenience. We can schedule
an appointment at our Austin offices, at your home or even at the hospital
or rehabilitation center.
During an initial consultation with an Austin truck accident attorney,
we will discuss the facts of your case. We will discuss possible strategies
to obtain the full compensation to which you are entitled after a devastating accident.
You can contact The Doan Law Firm in Austin at:
The Doan Law Firm
100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701