18 Wheeler Accident Injuries: Austin Attorneys
A recent US News & World Report article named Austin the number one city to live in throughout the country. No doubt this will add to an already booming population. A major interstate highway cutting through the city also means a sizeable number of 18-wheelers share the roads with passenger vehicles. The operators of these large trucks aren’t always as attentive as they might be, nor are they always aware of other vehicles around them. Combined with a rising population, this undoubtedly leads to a rise in serious Austin 18-wheeler accidents.
Massive 18-wheelers weaving in and out of traffic may have been on the road for hours, which can mean its driver may not be as attentive as he should be. One small mistake can cause a large semi-truck to rip through a passenger vehicle, causing serious and even fatal injuries to those in the smaller car. For these victims of 18-wheeler injuries, Austin attorneys are standing by at Carabin Shaw to assist with their recovery, both bodily and financially.The Numbers on the Road
Government transportation agencies have tracked in excess of 28,000 shipping and freight companies with over 200,000 vehicles not meeting safety regulations, yet these vehicles remain in operation and on the road with other drivers. Additionally, traffic safety reports indicate that, of the accidents taking place on US highways, about 500,000 involved 18-wheeler trucks. With constantly increasing traffic on Austin’s roads, the chances of getting into a wreck with one of these large trucks increases every day.
The increasing population of Austin drivers mixed with high number of 18-wheelers is a recipe for disaster. TxDOT reports tens of thousands of accidents in Texas alone result in 2000 injuries and deaths. These are a direct result of the careless operation of large semis on Austin roads and highways.
The majority of accidents are caused by driver fatigue, but many other causes abound. Mechanical failures due to improper maintenance, violations of safe weight limits, and drivers who are not trained properly or are driving under the influence of controlled substances and alcohol are just a few of the contributing factors of negligence drivers of passenger vehicles must contend with. These dangers result in terrible 18-wheeler accident injuries, and Austin attorneys can profess to just how often it happens to unsuspecting innocents.Protect Yourself Against the Unexpected
Whether you're driving your morning commute, headed home at the end of the day, or simply out running errands, you want to know you’ll arrive at your destination safely. The problem is having to share the roads with large 18-wheeler trucks often operating under less than optimal conditions. Heavy traffic and unsafe drivers of these vehicles can leave you anxious and overwhelmed. At Carabin & Shaw, our attorneys believe you should be able to sit behind the wheel of your car and drive yourself without the worry of having an accident.
We also know that’s not always possible.If You’ve Been Injured, Don’t Gamble on Your Recovery
When you are injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler in Austin, you need the help of an experienced lawyer. Given the dangerous nature of these trucks and the damage they can cause, drivers of these large vehicles need to be held to a higher standard.
You’ll want an attorney who will perform a thorough investigation and understands not only state laws that apply to your case, but federal regulations too. You also want someone with the resources to fight for you best interests to the fullest extent possible.
The 18-wheelers you see on Austin roads are owned by large corporations, and these companies’ representatives may try to offer victims a quick settlement. Don’t be fooled by their eagerness; this is most often an effort to minimize their damages with a low dollar offer, and accepting or saying anything to it could jeopardize the compensation to which you’re entitled.
If you’ve been in an 18-wheeler accident, before you speak with any insurance company, make a phone call to the law offices of Carabin Shaw your top priority. One of our experienced and skilled Austin truck injury lawyers is ready to stand with you.Call Carabin Shaw Today
Our 18-wheeler accident attorneys know how to apply expert strategies to win your case and will diligently fight for your rights till the end. Making sure our clients are treated with the attention and respect they deserve and fairly compensated for all injuries, as well as any expenses resulting from them, is our top priority.
If you’ve experienced an 18-wheeler accident injury, the Austin attorneys at Carabin Shaw are here for you. Call us today at 800-862-1260 for a free consultation, and let us help you to heal.
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Austin, TX 78701