Due to the sheer nature of semi-trailer trucks, the accidents they are involved in are usually significantly more catastrophic than accidents involving smaller automobiles. Semi-trailer trucks easily weigh in at tens of thousands of pounds, with their weight varying largely by the type of cargo they are hauling. Typical automobiles weigh in as little as 2,500 lbs, knowing this fact it is easy to see why semi-trailer truck accidents in Austin are so severe. Smaller cars literally do not stand a chance when hit by these massive big-rigs. The Austin truck accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., take note of these special situations and are here to help you in this time.
Stats and Negligence
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were a reported 312 statewide semi-trailer accidents in 2009. This total amounts to 6 truck accidents every week on the roads and highways in Texas. As semi-trailer trucks are larger and higher off the ground than other automobiles, drivers of these big-rigs usually walk away from accidents with little to no injury while victims in passenger cars incur severe personal injury. Sadly, in some cases victims do not survive the accident and, if negligence is involved, they are said to have suffered a wrongful death.
Truck drivers in Austin and surrounding areas who engage in negligent driving practices have the potential to cause vast personal injury and death to others. As truck drivers owe a “Duty of Care” to those they share they roads with, when they breach this duty by acting negligently, they can be ordered to pay victims compensation. Some examples of negligent truck driving in Austin, but not limited to, are:
- Traveling with excessive speed
- Failing to check blind spots when turning, thus striking another vehicle
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving on the wrong side of the road (colliding with oncoming traffic while passing)
- Ignoring posted signage or signals
- Tired driving due to long shifts and unreasonable driving schedules to meet deadlines
The pain and suffering that a victim faces after a truck accident can be so severe that the effects can be felt for a lifetime. In many cases, the larger truck will smash the smaller automobile, flip it over, push it into oncoming lanes of traffic, or crush it under it’s massive cargo trailer. Due to this, victims experience extensive serious personal injury often more vast than in regular car accidents. Serious injuries demand serious attention, the progressive Austin truck accident lawyers here at Flores & Lopez, LLP., recognize this and are prepared to take your case to court if needed. Our seasoned trial lawyers will fight for the rights of our clients and aggressively pursue the justice they deserve.
Compensation for Injury and Expenses
If you or someone close to you has suffered personal injury in a truck accident, then our Austin truck accident lawyers can generate a case on your behalf to procure the compensation you need. Medical bills alone associated with truck accidents can quickly add up, especially when you take rehabilitation and physical therapy costs into consideration. Austin trial lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., are ready to help you get your life back on track by seeking compensation for your injuries and expenses.
Now is the time to evaluate your case and determine a compensation figure for your injury or loss. Contact the professional Austin truck accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., for a free no-hassle, no-obligation case review. Our helpful, friendly lawyers are standing by for you and are willing to take your case to court if needed. As always, if we don’t win your case then you won’t pay any fees.
Please feel free to contact us today for a free case consultation or call and speak to one of our attorneys at 512-391-9191.