Truck Accident Results in 71st Traffic Fatality in Austin

A fatal collision involving a semi-truck occurred Sunday evening, killing one and injuring four others.

According to police, a semi-truck was moving westbound in the 7300 block of the frontage road of East Highway 290 (where Interstate 35 splits into two levels) around 8 p.m.  A green Chevrolet Suburban was traveling in front of the semi-truck in the middle lane at the time.

As the vehicles approached an intersection, the semi-truck switched from the middle lane to the left lane, and almost simultaneously, the Suburban turned left in front of the semi-truck, getting struck on the driver’s side. This caused the Suburban to crash into a signal light pole.

The right front passenger, 28 year-old Belinda Cisneros, died at the scene. The driver and three other passengers were taken to Brackenridge where they were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

2012 has seen an almost 70% increase in traffic fatalities compared to last year. Cisnero’s death marks the 71st traffic-related fatality in Austin.

In 2010, statistics revealed that there were over 500,000 accidents in the U.S. involving large trucks. A collision with a semi truck or 18-wheeler could mean not only serious physical injury, but the loss of wages and medical bills that pile up. If you have been a victim of a truck accident in Austin, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a no-obligation free case evaluation.