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18-Wheeler Crash in Austin - Holding All Responsible Parties Accountable

Over 2000 large trucks pass through Austin on Interstate 35 every day, each vehicle posing a threat with its sheer size and weight. If you’re a truck collision survivor, you deserve an attorney who understands how multiple parties work together to ensure the safe passage of a commercial truck. And when someone has neglected a duty, the Austin personal injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw work to hold that party accountable for the damages they caused.

Complexities of Texas 18-Wheeler Accidents

Proving liability and causation are key challenges for accidents involving semi-trucks. As a result, your Austin 18-wheeler accident attorney must develop these aspects of your argument.

Understanding Causal Factors

The cause of your accident strongly influences the determination of fault. For instance, the top truck driver factors associated with big rig accidents include:

  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Speeding
  • Work pressure
  • Driving while ill
  • Impairments from medications

These factors impact driver performance, causing mistakes that then interact with the behaviors of other drivers, road conditions, and the condition of the truck itself.

Navigating Liability Issues

Assigning primary responsibility can be difficult in large truck accidents. Consider truck brake failure, which causes a third of all collisions between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles. A truck driver might have been going too fast for the brake system, but what if the trucking company also failed to perform routine maintenance?

Our team at Carabin Shaw strives for justice by disputing denials of fault and pursuing compensation from all at-fault parties who can pay.

Responsible Parties in Austin Truck Crashes

When your lawyer analyzes your circumstances, they’re looking for everyone who might be held accountable for anything from negligence to intentional harm in your accident.

Holding Trucking Companies Accountable

The company has duties to uphold. For instance, a trucking company often oversees repairs for the vehicles it owns. When it fails to maintain a vehicle, the company may be liable for consequent injuries. In addition, companies demonstrate negligence when they inadequately vet drivers or force unsafe practices like long working hours.

Liability of Truck Driver

Truck drivers might be held liable for:

  • Distracted driving
  • Traffic violations
  • Failure to adapt to road conditions
  • Neglecting their own inspection duties
  • Aggressive driving

A driver classified as an independent contractor is also generally responsible for their own accidents. However, a truck accident lawyer in Austin Texas may be able to argue that the trucking company should cover its contractors in certain circumstances.

Role of Your Car’s Driver

Finally, passenger vehicle drivers are almost as likely to be at fault for truck accidents as truck drivers are. As an injured passenger, you’re also entitled to pursue compensation from the auto insurance of your car’s at-fault driver.

Steps for Seeking Fair Compensation from Accountable Parties

Evidence for your case begins at the scene of the accident. For example, Texas police report crash severity according to scale of injury. Even if you don’t have a clear or incapacitating injury, your report might still state “Possible Injury” if you disclose pain or seek immediate medical attention.

A big rig accident attorney in Austin gathers evidence like police reports, medical records, and more to:

  • Calculate damages
  • Investigate liability
  • Make insurance claims
  • Consider the likelihood of success with a personal injury lawsuit
  • Focus on the impact of injuries in a trial or mediation

Carabin Shaw reviews show our attention to your case and dedication to you as a person at every stage of what might be a long process.

Stand Up for Your Rights with a Free Case Review - Call today!

Severe damages are physically and emotionally costly, so Carabin Shaw is determined not to be: our number 800-862-1260 is toll-free, and we offer our services on a contingency-fee basis. Because your ease is also important to us, our phone line operates 24/7 with staff who speak English or Spanish.

Act now to enlist the help of our Austin-based team as you demand accountability for your semi-truck collision injuries.

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1609 Shoal Creek Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78701


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