It is our hope that by publishing about Austin car crashes, we can help show how preventable many of the crashes are. Each time we go out on the road there is risk for injury. Speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are all actions that affect people’s lives in the Austin area each day.
Take care to drive safely each and every time your go out in Austin.
Early Thursday February 7 Austin rain caused speeding drivers to skid across the road, causing horrific crashes. One accident resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. And a second accident just blocks away happened with a driver pulling out of a convenience store lost control of their truck and struck an 18-year-old AISD student waiting for the bus.
Police say the crash was speed related. It was drizzling at the time of the crash.
Vehicle Crashes into Andice General Store
Austin, TX | September 28, 2018
A vehicle crashed into Andice General Store early Friday morning. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody reported that there were no injuries due to the crash. The vehicle struck the store when it failed to stop at an intersection.
Andice General Store is well known in the Georgetown area for their burgers and fries.
Early on Tuesday morning (12:30 am) a suspected drunk driver slammed into an on-duty Austin officer.
The crash occurred at the corner of East Riverside Drive and Montopolis Drive. The SUV caused a pin-in collision. Officer Derek Baroody, a one-year veteran of the force was injured along with three other people who were passengers of the drunk driver. One passenger was a juvenile female.
None of the injuries were life threatening. Paremedics took a child to Dell Children’s Hospital. Two adults were transported to Dell Seton Medical Center. One adult was taken to South Austin Medical Center.
The driver of the SUV, Nickolas Martinez, faces charges of intoxication assualt, intoxication assault on a peace officer and DWI with a child passenger.
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.
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.
DPS reported that a drone in the air delayed STAR Flight from giving medical attention to an injured civilian.
Austin Car Accident Statistics and Injuries
With a state as big as Texas it’s no wonder that the state has one of the highest traffic fatality rates. But the crash death rate is bigger than the big population should suggest. For better or worse, if you’re dealing with the aftermath of a car crash you aren’t alone. Negligent driving habits like distracted driving are common in Texas.
Facts about Texas car crashes:
- 499 fatal car crashes were caused by drivers who were under the influence of alcohol.
- Speeding caused 250 fatal crashes and 511 possible injury crashes.
- Distracted driving caused 4,935 crashes in Travis county in 2015.
- 42 lives were claimed because of DUI caused car accidents in Travis County (2015).
Read more about Texas car accident statistics on TxDot.gov.
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.