Interstate Trucking Accident Lawyers in Austin
In 2010, nearly 4,000 people died in large truck crashes on the nation’s interstate highways, according to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Another 80,000 people were injured. Around 76 percent of fatal accidents that involved large trucks included a collision another motor vehicle. Driver negligence was recorded for around 35 percent of the fatal crashes.
Earlier research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in partnership with the FMCSA found that in crashes involving trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds, speeding, fatigue and drinking alcohol were found to be major factors in causing the accidents. Truck-driver-related behavior that led to the accidents included veering out of a traffic lane and losing control of the truck due to excessive speed, equipment failure or improper loads.
Leading Contributing Factors
Although hundreds of contributing factors were examined in the joint NHTSA and FMSCA study, the top five factors assigned to large trucks and their drivers were:
1. Problems with brakes
2. Sudden changes in traffic conditions
3. The use of prescription drugs
5. Inexperienced drivers
A Case Study Reveals the Complexity of Interstate Trucking Accidents
In the early evening of June 13, 2004, a large truck travelling west on Interstate 30 in Texas came upon a line of cars waiting for an accident to be cleared from the highway. Approaching the scene at a high rate of speed, the truck failed to stop in time to avoid crashing into a passenger car. The crash caused a chain of collisions that resulted in the deaths of five people, including the truck driver.
Upon review of the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the driver failed to stop in time due to fatigue. The trucking company was also faulted for failing to ensure that the driver was fit to drive. The review also cited its own department as well as the Texas Department of Transportation as partially to blame for failing to alert drivers that they were approaching a traffic queue.
Legal Options for Those Involved in Interstate Trucking Accident
Interstate accidents involving trucks in Austin and other Texas cities are not only dangerous for the people involved in them but also present complex cases for law firms seeking to provide justice and compensation for the victims. At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys have extensive experience litigating all types of personal injury cases. In fact, we practice personal injury cases exclusively. We strive to ensure that every negligent party involved in an interstate trucking accident is identified and held responsible.
If you or someone you know has been in an accident involving a large truck, contact the personal attorneys at Zinda Law Group. We’ll schedule a free consultation to discuss your incident and determine if you have legal grounds to file a personal injury claim. Call us today to talk with an experienced personal injury attorney about taking steps to receive the justice and compensation that you deserve.