Trucking Accidents

Published on June 05, 2012   Trevor A. Taylor

Austin Truck Accident Attorney

Basic laws of physics tell us that when a large 18 wheeler collides with a smaller car, serious  injuries may result.  Commercial trucking companies have teams of investigators and lawyers to protect them in the aftermath of a wreck.  If you or a family member have been injured in a trucking accident, you should get an experienced Austin truck accident  attorney in your corner.

Austin truck accident attorney

There are a variety of possible causes of a truck accident in Austin or anywhere.  One of the most common factors causing a truck accident is driver fatigue.   Federal regulations place limits on a driver’s shift and time off duty.  In discovery of a truck accident case, you can obtain a driver’s logs, which show where the driver was in the days or weeks prior to the wreck.   A trucking expert can be retained to audit the driver logs and compared their data with GPS records, fuel slips and other data to unearth failure to comply with those rules.

Any increasingly common cause of truck accidents in Austin and elsewhere is driver distraction or texting while driving.  Intoxication or drug use is another possible cause of truck accidents.   Inadequately maintenance or care of the truck could be responsible for the accident.

Some dangers are unique to truck accidents.  Trucks have larger blind spots than smaller vehicles, which makes it more difficult to identify surrounding vehicles.  They also have a wider turn radius, which can lead to lead to collisions as they swing out to navigate a turn.

Investigations of trucking accidents can involve different types of evidence that regular car wrecks.  Black box technology, driver log books, GPS readings and driver qualification files can unlock clues important to determining the cause of the truck accident.  Steps should be taken to secure or preserve this evidence as early as possible.  That’s why it is important to consult with an experienced Austin truck accident attorney early in your claim.

As your Austin truck accident attorney, developing your claim for damages is an important part of your truck accident case.  The foundation your damage model is your medical care.  Your medical records and bills will be gathered to determine the amount of care you received in the past.  If future care is needed, I will consult with your doctor(s) to develop a picture of what those future needs will be.  You may also claim damages for lost wages, both in the past and future.  Your employer will be consulted to determine past lost time from work.  For more complicated losses, an economist may be consulted to project losses extending into the future.

In addition to economic damages, Texas law permits recovery of non-economic damages like physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, and disfigurement.  While not capable of mathematical calculation, an experienced truck accident lawyer can assist in developing evidence of these damages.

For a FREE case evaluation of your truck accident claim, please contact us now!

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