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Our Truck Accident Lawyers are known for winning the Best Results and Largest Recoveries in Austin, TX.

In the past 5 years alone, Austin Truck Accident Attorney Niles Sneed has repeatedly recovered some of the largest truck and 18 wheeler settlements and awards in Travis County on behalf of commercial truck accident victims and their loved ones, including; 

  • Seven-Figure Victory against United Parcel Service

  • $15.7 Million Settlement for Truck Accident Victim

  • $12 Million Settlement for Truck Accident Victim

  • Largest Truck Accident Settlement in Texas in 2020

Trucking companies know that once Truck Accident Attorneys are on the case, they have two choices, either offer maximum compensation to our clients, or risk a record-breaking verdict in a Texas courtroom.

You may be suffering devastating injuries or a tragic loss or a family member or loved one. You need answers and deserve compensation if the commercial driver was liability. Let us fight for your full monetary relief. 

As Austin continues to grow at rapid pace, the rate of large trucks navigating our roads and highways does also. Unfortunately, innocent locals here in Austin, Pflugerville, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Round Rock and elsewhere in Travis County pay the price for a truck driver’s negligent actions, and a typical standard passenger vehicle doesn’t stand a chance against a massive 80,000 pound 18-wheeler or semi-tractor trailer. 

Get The Right Austin Truck Accident Lawyer On Your Side, To Help To On The Corporations Behind Common Carriers

If you’ve been injured in an Austin trucking accident, there’s only one 18 Wheeler accident law firm that you should call. We are known for our results. Our truck and 18 wheeler accident lawyers have won some of the largest recoveries and settlements in 2020 for truck wrecks victims. We are backed by years of trucking litigation experience, a record-setting track record, and a reputation for standing up for the injured, no matter what. 

 

Our aggressive investigation and analysis into every large truck and 18 Wheeler accident includes:

  1. Examining Safety Violation: Our law firm will determine if the truck driver or trucking company violated any Texas state laws or safety regulations. We might send investigators or expert consultants to the scene of the accident.

  1. The Evidence Chase. We investigate the truck’s maintenance records, the truck’s data recorders, and the driver’s work logs to determine if there is any evidence of negligence.

An 18 Wheeler accident lawyer should NEVER collect evidence with the intent to quickly settle. Obtaining the largest sum for a client requires showing each of Federal and State safety violations the truck driver or fleet operator engaged that contributed in causing the crash. 

 

In a truck accident, key evidence to winning the case includes:

 

  • Witness statements – Witnesses are often critical for proving negligence. An Austin truck accident lawyer should interview each witness to determine if the truck driver was distracted, or driving erratically or aggressively at the time of the truck wreck.

  • Electronic control modules (ECMs) – Also known as event data recorders or “black boxes,” these devices record the speed of the truck, braking, and other information from the moments preceding an accident. Qualified crash experts can retrieve and analyze a truck’s ECM data to reconstruct the accident.

  • Truck cameras – Many trucking companies install cameras in the cabs of their trucks. Camera footage can help determine whether the truck driver engaged in negligence or misconduct.

  • Electronic logging devices – The FMCSA requires truck drivers to keep track of their hours using electronic logging devices (ELDs). If a driver exceeded hours of service limits, the ELD will prove it.

  • Company records – Trucking companies must  keep accurate records regarding the hiring and supervision of truck drivers. Records indicating that a company failed to perform the necessary drug and alcohol tests before an impaired truck driver crashed , for example, might prove negligence.

At Sneed|Mitchell LLP, we also hire Texas' leading Accident Reconstruction and Forensic Engineers to examine the scene an determine the trucks performance and maintenance level. Our knowledge of truck safety standards and fleet operation guidelines provide us advance knowledge in litigation commercial truck accidents. The more experienced your attorney, the more of a chance you have at obtaining the compensation you deserve. 

Common Injuries Caused In These Big Rig Collisions

After being hit by a big rig or commercial truck in Travis County, trucking accident victims often suffer debilitating injuries. A commercial truck or 18-wheeler's size and tonnage is far greater than the average car and cause serious injuries and fatalities at much higher rates. The severe injuries that can happen after auto accidents involving large truck or semi include:

Whether the large truck collision occurred on a congested interstate such as I-35, busy roads in North Austin, South Austin, East Austin, or West Austin, or surrounding neighborhoods or towns in Travis County, our law firm can help. Don't risk your chance at securing the compensation you deserve. 

What Kinds or Driver Errors Cause Semi and Tractor-trailer wrecks in Travis County?

A variety of factors can cause a semi and tractor-trailer accidents in Travis County. Negligence on the part of trucker can often includes:

 

1. Truck Driver Drowsiness 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that the leading cause of large truck accidents is truck driver drowsiness. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) found that 30% of respondents in their annual Operational Costs survey identified driver fatigue as a critical issue. 

Truck driver drowsiness is caused by many factors including working long hours, driving at night, and taking medications that cause drowsiness. To combat fatigue, the FMCSA hours-of-service regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can be on duty in a per day (11) or per week (60) hours. However, these regulations are not always followed and tired truck drivers are still getting behind the wheel.

A truck accident lawyer proving that a driver operated a tractor-trailer rig knowing he had not logged the legally required downtime benefits your lawsuit. Other times the evidence reveals the trucker falsified safety logs or was intoxicated on prescription medication, which contributed in causing the crash.

2. Impaired Truck Driving 

It's shocking to think that truckers driving 80,000-pound semis on our local highways can be intoxicated on alcoholic, synthetic opioids, or pain relievers, but it happens. According the latest Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts Report, impaired driving is the second leading driver-related factor in in truck accidents, resulting in thousands of serious collisions each year. 

 

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for commercial truck drivers is .04%, which is half the limit for non-commercial drivers. Attorneys often hold truck companies liable for not engaging in additional measures to lower to rate of impaired driving, such as submitting truckers to random breath tests, or installing video cameras in trailers. 

3. Trucks Speeding or Driving Too Fast In Increment Weather

It seems like every time you get on the highways throughout greater Austin, there's a truck zooming past you, doing at least 10 miles over the speed limit. To make matters worse, According to the FMCSA, the following traffic and weather conditions actually require truck driver to drive significantly below the posted speed limit; 

  • Loaded trailers

  • Work zones 

  • Gravel roads

  • Heavy traffic 

  • Uneven roads

  • Intersections

  • Entering a curve

  • Entering exit or entrance ramps

A recent research study into accident causation found 23 percent of tricks crashed when the trucker was driving too fast during one of the road conditions mentioned above. 

4. Reckless Driving and Road Rage

Although truck drivers play a crucial role in our economy, these individuals have become notorious for their bad driving habits and propensity for engaging in road rage. Although and road rage are noted as being a factor in less than one percent of truck accidents, aggressive driving is also tough to detect unless there are witness statements or camera footage. Drivers who are angry or impatient pose significant danger to motorists here in Austin, causing collisions and leading to serious injuries. At the same time, reckless truck drivers can easily cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to their vehicles through unsafe maneuvers such as aggressive lane changes or speeding.

4. Distracted Driving

While all drivers are susceptible to distractions, truckers are particularly at risk of. First of all, truckers tend to spend long hours on the road, which can lead to boredom and drivers often reaching for objects, dialing phone numbers, texting, eating, drinking, smoking, or similar. Further, newer tractors are equipped with onboard computers and other devices that can be tempting for drivers to use while behind the wheel. In serious truck accidents, an 18-wheeler accidents attorney should request the electronic data related to any device within the trailer to look for signs of distracted driving. 

The tonnage of a semi truck is not what makes it dangerous to locals here in Austin, Texas, but when a commercial driver engages in unsafe driving actions, or when a tractor-trailer isn't sufficiently repaired, or when the drivers isn't accustomed to road congestion across Travis County, these big rigs become a threat to us all. Truck drivers and their management companies must diligently work to ensure each tractor trailer abides by all Federal and State safety standards. The drivers must also follow all local traffic rules and regulations.

5. Other Forms of Distracted Driving

There are many causes of truck accidents in Austin, but some of the other more prevalent ones include; 

 

  • Distracted driving

  • Lane departure

  • Failure to yield

  • Failure to follow traffic signals

  • Obscured vision

  • Unsafe passing actions

 

In many cases, a combination of these bad decisions and unsafe behaviors lead to truck accidents. If the driver is fatigued or under the influence, it is more likely that he or she will fail to appreciate traffic signals or yield to others. Additionally, if the truck is not properly maintained, such as in when brakes are not working properly, the truck may be unable to stop in time to avoid an accident within an intersection. An knowledgeable truck accident attorney will always examine the damaged 18 wheeler to determine what truck driver actions lead to the crash and what actions could be prevented the collision altogether. 

Travis County Trucking Accident Statistics

As of January 19, 2021, the latest trucking accidents statistics provided by The crash statistics discussed on this page have been collected from the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA).​

  • In 2018, there were 589 fatal accidents involving large trucks here in Texas. Of these 598 fatal accidents, 120 accidents were single-vehicle to truck collisions, and 469 involved multiple vehicles.  

  • In 2019, across Travis County there were 17 fatal commercial motor vehicle collisions, 128 possible injury collisions, and 1,772 non-injury collisions.  

  • In 2019, a staggering 725 trucking and commercial vehicle accidents occurred in Travis County, which equates to 60.4 truck accidents per month, and more than 2 per day. 

  • 2020, 11% percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths nationwide occurred in large truck crashes.

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One of our Austin truck accident attorneys will not let you settle for less than your case is worth during insurance negotiations and settlement opportunities. We fight for maximum compensation from all at-fault parties, whether that be a commercial trucking company, maintenance repair company, fleet operator, or an individual owner and operator.

What is the "Black Box" and do attorneys find it important?

After an 18 Wheeler collision, the rig's black box (or electronic control module (ECM) functions similarly to the black boxes on airplanes. Truck manufacturers install into their engines and they store the physical properties of a truck accident up into the time immediately  before the collision. Often, regional and national trucking companies also have satellite tracking data or trip recorders. Such electronic data is often essential in truck accident lawsuits.

After an Austin truck accident the black box will show: 

  • The truck driver's speed at the time of the accident

  • Direction the vehicle was travelling

  • Sudden change in velocity

  • Whether the brake was applied and when

  • When the driver pressed or released the gas pedal

  • Steering wheel movement

  • Whether the driver was wearing a seat belt

  • Front airbag deployment

  • Previous stops made by the vehicle

  • Stability control, such as jackknifing or over-steering

  • Diagnostic snapshot that may show truck defect

 

If you or someone you loved suffered a serious injury during a collision with a commercial truck an Austin, Truck Accident Lawyer with our firm can help you recover data from the truck’s black box, as well as other important evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Austin Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accident attorney Niles Sneed has won numerous multi-million dollar trucking accident cases for clients who have suffered life-altering injuries. If you were hit by an 18 wheeler or semi truck in Travis County, call a skilled Austin accident lawyer. Niles Sneed will personally examine how the accident occurred, determine liability, and inform your full legal rights and options.  

Free virtual or mobile call conferences are also available everyday, 24/7, for anyone who does not want to physically come into one of our offices. We also invite you to download our eBook for free insight on the process of personal injury claims.

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