Anyone driving through Austin understands the dangerous conditions created by the many highways and stop-and-start traffic. Add trucks traveling on one of the nation’s heaviest traveled north-south corridor and the potential for truck collisions and serious injuries and fatalities is obvious.
When auto-commercial truck collisions occur in Austin, the consequences for drivers and passengers in the smaller four-wheel vehicles are often catastrophic. The reasons for this reality have to do with a number of factors, including:
• Simple physics. A large truck can easily weigh 40 tons, 30 to 40 times as great as an automobile.
• Large, fully loaded trucks are difficult to maneuver, and a loss of control is common when even small miscalculations by the driver occur.
• Large commercial trucks have limited visibility and numerous blind spots, often making smaller cars invisible.
Most truck drivers are professionals who want to drive safely. However, they are responsible for more than 500,000 accidents a year, with more than 5,000 resulting in fatalities. While mere numbers fail to tell the story of tragic accidents and life-changing injuries, these facts indicate that more than one in every eight traffic fatalities involves truck collisions. Moreover, in more than 98% of the cases, the deaths are in the passenger vehicles. An Austin truck accident attorney is prepared to assist you or your loved one with your case.
The Reasons Driving the Numbers
The problems of safety related to trucks are so great that the National Transportation Safety Board has recently updated its rules. For example, driver fatigue is a contributing factor in as many as 30 to 40% of all heavy truck accidents. That is why the allowable hours for driving have been reduced once again.
In addition, the rapid growth in interstate trucking, including the number of trucks moving through Austin daily, has pushed many trucking firms to ignore or fail to follow many basic safety issues related to their drivers and fleets. This high demand results in trucks driving the roads with:
• Loads not properly balanced by inexperienced workers
• Improper or inadequate maintenance procedures
• Excessive loads
• Use of the wrong equipment and trailers
• Drivers asked or expected to drive beyond the regulatory limits and speeds
When Bad Things Happen
People are killed and others severely injured each day due to issues related to the dangers of large trucks and how they are handled.
The main point that we share with anyone who seeks our counsel is that we are concerned that you and your loved ones receive fair compensation for the losses caused by a collision with a truck. Our Austin personal injury lawyers understand exactly how to explore all those factors, whether you are the driver, passenger, or bystander when these accidents happen. It is important to understand that trucking companies keep their lawyers and insurance investigators on call at all times, and their interests are not aligned with yours.
How a Truck Accident Claim is Different
Make no mistake: a truck accident can be drastically different from a typical car accident. One of the most obvious differences is that a commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds without violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. The massive weight of the average tractor-trailer causes it to absolutely devastate smaller vehicles in practically any crash, even when the collision happens at low speed.
Another significant difference in a truck accident is the question of liability. Car accidents can usually be pinned on one driver and their mistake. A truck accident can be traced back to the mistakes of numerous parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, cargo crews, mechanics, truck part manufacturers, and more. Determining liability and filing a claim against all of those parties is difficult, and a task that should be left only to experienced truck accident lawyers.
Contact our Firm Today to speak to an Austin, TX Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are involved in an accident in Austin that involves a commercial truck, your experience will leave you with many questions. If you are dealing with injuries, medical bills, the loss of your vehicle, and other issues, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming time.
That is where the Doan Law Firm comes in. Our truck and car accident attorneys in Austin have the experience to assist you. We will take the time to understand your specific situation and the issues you are facing. We will explain your options, and, once you have chosen us to represent you, we will apply our significant resources with the goal of helping you get the best possible level of compensation for your losses.
Time is of the essence in these cases, and we will respond to your call anytime and anywhere, in Austin or any part of the state of Texas. You can reach us 24/7 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation by calling (800) 349-0000 . If needed, we will come to your home, business, or even hospital room to provide the representation you want and deserve.