Looking for a Truck Driver Negligence Lawyer in Austin?
The negligence of a truck driver can turn an 80,000 pounder driving on Austin roads into an extremely dangerous road hazard. To operate a commercial truck is a complicated matter and requires strict adherence to safety regulations, as well as extensive training. When such measures are ignored and drivers drink, speed or otherwise engage in any careless or reckless behavior, motorists and passengers on the road can sustain serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident related to truck driver negligence, you may need the assistance of an Austin law firm who is familiar with the trucking industry as well as truck accident claims.
Accidents involving large trucks represent a disproportionate percentage of the fatal accidents on our roads. The large size of semis, tractor trailers, and other 18 wheelers makes them much more difficult to control and maneuver, and transforms them into a deadly weapon in a collision with a passenger vehicle. Drivers should be extremely careful at all times when operating these trucks and actively avoid at-risk driver behaviors. Even at best, an 18-wheeler truck could cause extensive damage in any crash.
Many truck drivers do follow the rules and drive safe, but there are others who choose to skip critical safety precautions, all to meet a delivery deadline. In a study done by the NHTSA or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration related to the causes of large truck crashes, it was found that in 88% of the time a large truck caused a crash, it was the truck driver’s actions or behavior that was found to be the critical factor which led to the accident.
Truck driver negligence comes in many forms, but the most common include:
- Driving too fast or overspeeding
- Driving while intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs (sometimes both);
- Following other vehicles too closely or tailgating;
- Making illegal driving maneuvers;
- Failing to inspect the condition of the vehicle regularly;
- Failing to properly secure the load or overloading the vehicle;
- Failing to pay attention to the highway, as well as traffic or weather conditions;
- Driving while fatigued – the driver may be skipping mandated breaks in the interest of meeting a deadline.
- Falsifying driver records to exceed the regulated hours of driving.
When truck driver negligence causes an accident, which in turn involves injuries, both the driver and the company who employed him or her may be held responsible – particularly if the driver negligence is also related to pressure from the employer to deliver the load within a deadline.
The McMinn Law Firm
If you have been injured in an accident that is caused by the negligence of truck drivers, then it is of utmost importance that your rights be upheld and as such, you can file for a personal injury case for the damages you have sustained. It is advisable that you seek legal counsel from a reliable and knowledgeable firm who knows the in’s and out’s of the trucking industry, as well as the federal and state laws that govern it. The McMinn Law Firm is a personal injury firm who specializes in truck driver negligence cases and has been representing individuals who have been victimized, as well as families of deceased victims. Our clients have lauded us for our compassion and professionalism in handling such cases – because to us, it is not just a legal proceeding. It involves lives that are being changed and as such, we want to make sure that you go through these changes with your family. We will take the load off your shoulders so you can focus more on the things that matter to you most.
Contact the McMinn Law Firm Today
If you have been injured, hurt, or is suffering from the loss of a loved one because of truck accidents that were found to have been caused by negligent drivers, then the lawyers of The McMinn Law Firm are ready and willing to help you and your family. We are dedicated, committed, and tenacious in fighting for your rights.