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

Texas truck accident lawyer Niles Sneed has recovered more than $90 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are recognized nationwide as leaders in truck accident law, and we are committed to fighting for the justice that our clients deserve. Attorney Niles Sneed has repeatedly recovered some of the largest truck and 18 wheeler settlements and awards in Texas 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

Being involved in an 18 wheeler or tractor-trailer accident is a harrowing experience. Commercial truck and heavy haulers weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and when they collide with passenger cars cause devastating damages. If you're lucky enough to survive such an accident, you may find yourself facing a long road to recovery that includes thousands of dollars in medical care, lost wags, and other issues. Pursuing justice and compensation after a fleet operator and their commercial insurance company is tough, but it's important to remember that you have rights. Insurance companies are often reluctant to pay out adequate sums on claims. That's why it's important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Do I need a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer in my case?

It is always a great idea to consult with an attorney after any type of car accident, but it is especially important in a truck accident case. There are many potential complications that can arise in a truck accident claim, and an experienced lawyer will know how to navigate the often complex legal process. For example, there may be multiple parties involved in a truck accident claim, including the truck driver, the trucking company, and the manufacturer of the truck or its parts. An attorney will also be familiar with the Texas and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations governing the trucking industry, which is very different from those governing passenger vehicles. 

 

There are a few reasons trucking crashes in Texas are complex, and why hiring an experienced lawyer is crucial to a successful outcome in your case:

  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 CDL Driver Errors Cause Semi and Tractor-trailer wrecks in Travis County?

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.

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 Lawyers

Truck accident attorneys Niles Sneed and Brit Mitchell have 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 and Brit 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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