Austin Truck Accident Lawyers

Have You Been Injured in an Austin Truck Accident? We Can Help.

Truck accidents are very different from typical traffic collisions. They are rarer but more damaging, with a higher likelihood of serious injury or death. If you have been involved in an accident of this nature—whether it was caused by a texting driver, a tired driver, or employer negligence—do not hesitate to involve an Austin truck accident attorney.

At Arnold & Itkin, we have proven over the years that we can be counted on in even the most complex of situations. We have won more than $20 billion on behalf of our clients by standing up for what's right, no matter the obstacles or the odds. As experienced trial lawyers, we understand the unique factors that come into play with truck accident claims. We are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to seek full financial compensation for our clients.

Find out how an Austin trucking accident lawyer can help you build a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones. Call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation!

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About the City of Austin & Trucking in the Austin Area

The capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County, Austin is a college town and a high-tech center, as well as a hub for state and county government. The Texas State Capitol Complex is a source of pride for Austin. Built of Texas pink granite, it is open to the public 7 days a week. Completed in 1888, the Capitol Building is a National Historic Landmark.

Among the major Texas metros of San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston, Austin is strategically and centrally located to utilize Laredo, the major port of entry between the U.S. and Mexico—just four hours from Austin via I-35. The Texas Department of Transportation lists Interstate 35 as one of the most traveled corridors in the nation. Truck traffic has grown 6% annually in recent years in Texas, primarily as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Congestion levels and accidents are higher on I-35 between San Antonio and Austin than any other stretch of I-35.

Austin is recognized for having the best roads in the nation for trucking, with the distribution and logistics industry making the city an attractive choice for businesses moving cargo in and out of the region.

The Texas Motor Freight Association is an advocate for the large number of over-the-road freight forwarders in Austin, with safety as a priority. The Comprehensive Safety Analysis from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), together with state partners such as the Texas Motor Freight Association, helps to further reduce truck crashes, truck accident fatalities, and injuries on our nation’s highways.

People traveling to and from Austin may utilize the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, located southeast of the city center. Amtrak‘s Texas Eagle Line provides Austin with service from Chicago to San Antonio, and Greyhound also serves the city. Capital Metro is the city’s public bus network. Austin is located on several major freeways. I-35 connects Austin to San Antonio and Dallas; US 290 connects Austin to Houston. Within the city, I-35 and Loop 1 (MoPac Expressway) are the two major north-south expressways. There is one major east-west freeway in Austin: US 290 West-Texas Highway 71.

Trucking Accidents in Austin: Who's Responsible?

Austin is considered a car-dependent city, with 66% of commuters driving alone to and from work and the other 34% using other forms of transportation: city transit, carpooling, etc. Austin has also been listed in the top 20 U.S. cities for high traffic. Coupled with the number of commercial trucks routinely traversing through the city's major freeways and streets, these factors make truck accidents a possibility on any roadway.

Trucking companies have a responsibility to prevent traffic accidents involving their vehicles by:

  • Hiring competent drivers
  • Complying with hours-of-service regulations
  • Complying with drug and alcohol testing requirements
  • Implementing and enforcing safe driving practices
  • Taking disciplinary action against drivers who violate safety standards
  • Properly inspecting and maintaining their vehicles
  • Properly loading cargo

Companies that fail to prioritize safety put everyone on the road at risk, and those who have been injured (including motorists, pedestrians, and truck drivers themselves) have the right to seek accountability and compensation from all at-fault parties. Our Austin truck accident attorneys have the know-how and resources to handle these cases.

Determining the Fair Value of Your Trucking Accident Claim

If you have been injured in a trucking accident in the Austin area, you may be entitled to financial compensation meant to make your life whole again. Our team works with accident reconstruction specialists, economists, medical professionals, and experts in various fields to investigate and build compelling cases on behalf of our clients that show the full extent of harm they have experienced and will experience in the future. This helps us seek fair compensation.

If you were involved in a truck accident in Austin, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, medication, medical supplies, and ongoing treatment or care
  • Lost earnings, including loss of future wages or benefits
  • Emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages, meant to penalize the at-fault party for gross negligence or wrongdoing

It is possible to rebuild after a serious truck accident. We're here to help.

Contact an Austin Truck Accident Attorney at Arnold & Itkin

If you work with an Austin truck accident lawyer from our firm, you can rest assured knowing that you will have a heavyweight in your corner. We are well-versed in trucking regulations and know how to apply them to your case; we also know the unique way that truck insurance works and will be able to wade through these murky waters. So, do not hesitate another moment! If you have been injured, give us a call and let us fight for the outcome you deserve.

For a free consultation with our Austin truck accident lawyers, call (888) 493-1629. We're ready to listen to your story and start fighting for the answers that you deserve.

Common Questions

  • How is fault determined in a truck accident in Texas?

    Fault in Texas truck accidents is determined based on the concept of "negligence." This means proving that the other party acted carelessly or recklessly, leading to the accident. Evidence such as police reports, witness statements, trucking company records, and data from electronic logging devices can be crucial. Texas follows a "modified comparative negligence" rule, meaning you can recover damages only if you're found to be less than 51% at fault for the accident.
  • Why should I hire an Austin truck accident attorney?

    Truck accident cases can be complex due to the involvement of multiple parties, including trucking companies, insurance companies, and regulatory agencies. An experienced attorney can navigate these complexities, gather and analyze evidence, and advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation. Additionally, attorneys understand the tactics insurance companies use to minimize payouts and can negotiate effectively to protect your interests.
  • Can I still recover compensation if I was partially at fault for the truck accident?

    Yes, under Texas's modified comparative negligence rule, you can still recover compensation if you were less than 51% at fault for the accident. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you're found to be 20% at fault and the total damages are $100,000, you would be able to recover 80% of the damages, or $80,000.
  • What makes truck accident cases different from car accident cases?

    Truck accident cases are more complex than typical car accident cases due to factors like the size and weight of commercial trucks, federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry, and the severe injuries often involved. Additionally, trucking companies have their own legal teams and insurance, making it crucial to have an experienced attorney who can level the playing field.
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