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Fierce Truck Accident Attorneys in Austin

Commercial vehicle accidents are a serious problem in Texas. According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were just over 26,000 semi-truck accidents in Texas in 2022. Of those accidents, 500 (2%) resulted in at least one fatality. In comparison, less than 1% of all car accidents result in a death. That means semi-truck accidents are more than twice as likely to lead to a fatality compared to other accidents.

We rely on commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers to safely haul goods from destination to destination. But one wrong move when driving alongside these giants can prove to be fatal. When you live in Texas, driving beside these semi-trucks is very common.

If you or someone you love has fallen victim to an accident involving a semi-truck or commercial vehicle, you deserve to have a competent and qualified truck accident attorney on your side.

Contact our Austin truck accident lawyer today at (512) 537-3369 for your free legal consultation.

What Truck Accident Compensation May Be Available?

Following a Texas truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation for a range of different types of losses and damages:

Medical Bills
Lost Income
Pain and Suffering
Disfigurement
Property Damage
Reduced Quality of Life

What Causes Texas Commercial Vehicle Accidents?

An aerial view of a truck yard

The Trucking Company

  • They may act negligently or carelessly.
  • They may encourage drivers to work more hours than they should.
  • They may not handle background checks for their drivers and ignore past legal offenses.
  • They may ignore the criminal records of new drivers.
  • They may ignore problems of substance abuse or alcohol when hiring new drivers.
  • They may not inspect, maintain, or equip commercial vehicles with appropriate safety and emergency equipment.
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The Truck Manufacturer

Accidents can also happen if the commercial vehicle has defects. The parts that tend to fail, causing accidents involving commercial vehicles, include:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Gears
  • Hydraulics
  • Lights

It is essential that these parts are in perfect condition to function properly and maintain the safety of the driver and others on the road. Auto parts manufacturers can also be held responsible for some accidents.

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The Trucker

  • They may fail to conduct vehicle inspections.
  • They may drive over the speed limit, on bad roads, or during bad weather.
  • They may carry out illegal driving maneuvers.
  • They may improperly load or secure their cargo.
  • They may drive on too little sleep.
  • They may drive distracted (using the cell phone, changing the radio, etc.).
  • They may drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.

Injuries Sustained in Texas Truck Accidents

The sheer weight and size of a commercial vehicle can do a lot of damage to both your property and your body. In fact, it is estimated that large truck accidents are 10 times more likely to cause a fatality than a crash involving two passenger vehicles. These major accidents can leave victims with a range of injuries, including:

  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Lacerations
  • Internal Injuries
  • Rib and Torso Injuries
  • Injuries Caused by the Seat Belt
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful Death

When a commercial vehicle driver acts negligently by speeding, driving while distracted, driving while intoxicated, drowsy driving, or acting in some other unsafe way, a tragedy is just one wrong move away.

Why You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

Many victims of truck accidents hire regular car accident lawyers believing that this will work just fine, but this isn’t the case. Because there are some major differences between commercial trucks and traditional automobiles, it is important that the lawyer you hire has the ability to make the most out of your specific claim.

Some of the major differences that can have a significant impact on the compensation you obtain include:

  • Accident Severity — Because fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, truck accidents tend to cause far more severe injuries. You will need a lawyer who will be able to effectively advocate for you and your varied injuries.
  • Complex Liability — In truck accident claims, there may be more than one liable party. Determining liability between the driver, the company employing them, and the manufacturer of the truck can be complicated. A lawyer familiar with semi-truck-related laws can ensure that the right parties are held liable.
  • Legal Challenges — Truck companies can afford to hire multiple lawyers. Without a knowledgeable and experienced accident lawyer on your side, you run the risk of having your claim denied.

Truck Accident Lawyer You Can Trust: Laura Ramos James

Suffering her own personal injury incident, Laura Ramos James knows firsthand what it feels like to endure both physical and emotional pain. She knows how it feels to be without any option to fight back. Because of this, she vowed to become a lawyer so that no one else would have to feel the way she once did.

Today, Laura offers a helping hand to those who have fallen victim to large truck accidents. Get your life back. Contact Laura today at (512) 537-3369 for your free legal consultation.

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