Twelve Injured in Firetruck Rollover Crash Wednesday

Austin, TX | May 17, 2018

Twelve were injured when a Lake Travis firetruck rolled over on RM 620 around 1:45 PM. The truck hit five other vehicles before flipping on its’ side. The northbound and southbound roads did not reopen again until 10:45 PM causing major delays.

Three cars damaged and a firetruck rolled over in Austin area crash.

Photo by KXAN

A Lake Travis firefighter was navigating southbound when an “unknown” medical emergency caused him to create a serious rollover crash. Engineer William Tatsch reportedly lost consciousness while operating the truck. Department officials say that the firefighter had not had any previous medical emergencies while driving.

One firefighter was able to call immediately for help and check on civilian injuries. In total, six civilians were hospitalized after the crash, including one individual who was airlifted to Dell Seton Medical Center. Two civilians refused treatment.

The three other firefighters involved in the crash were hospitalized as well. Lt. Rachel Zambrano was riding on the side of the engine when the vehicle rolled. She sustained a concussion and received stitches after equipment hit her head.

Firefighters Niemeyer and Firefighter Baker were able to defer their own care while assisting Tatsch, Zambrano, and the civilians at the scene.

DPS reported that a drone in the air delayed STAR Flight from giving medical attention to an injured civilian. These seconds count, said DPS Chief Prather. A delay of only a few seconds can be dangerous to civilians needing help.

At McMinn Law Firm, we are hoping for the full recovery of each individual involved in the crash. Serious car and truck accidents are traumatic for the families affected.

Austin Car Accident Statistics and Injuries

Of the nearly six million police-reported traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2008, 29% resulted in an injury or death, and 71% caused property damage only. If you or someone you know has ever had a car accident, whether it was a fender bender in the neighborhood or a major trucking accident on the highway, then you know the emotional, physical, and financial consequences that often result.

At McMinn Law Firm, we understand that a car accident can be a major event in your life. If your vehicle is damaged, you may be faced with repair or replacement costs, complicated insurance claims, or transportation issues that you might not be equipped to handle. If you are injured, you may have to deal with medical bills, lost wages, or permanent physical effects.

What if someone dies in the accident? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents in Texas resulted in 3,382 fatalities in 2008. 441 of these deaths were attributed to trucking accidents, and 89 were in Travis County alone.

Any scale car accident can be costly and complex, and it is important to be familiar with the insurance process so that you know your rights after a collision. Most insurance companies seperate property damage claims from personal injury claims.  For the property loss claim, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for three things. First, they must either pay to repair your vehicle or pay you the fair market value if repair costs exceed the vehicle’s worth. Second, they must pay you for the “loss of use” of your vehicle while it is being repaired. Third, you can file a separate claim to receive payment for the “diminution in value,” which represents the loss in market value of your vehicle because it has been in a collision.

The personal injury claim is much more complex than the property damage claim.  To ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injury, contact the lawyers at the McMinn Law Firm.  We understand the details of insurance coverage and are at an advantage when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies. While you are recovering from your collision, we can review the accident reports, medical records, and insurance coverage to get you the compensation that you deserve as quickly as possible.

If a car or trucking accident has left you injured, then your primary focus should be on seeking proper medical treatment. This is crucial for yourself, your family, and your personal injury case. When your case is evaluated by insurance adjusters, how quickly you sought treatment and how well you followed through with your treatment will both be significant to your case’s value.

When the outcome of your legal situation can depend on the quality of your legal counsel, contacting the experienced accident lawyers at McMinn Law Firm will ensure that your case is as strong as possible.