Chris Cagle is a truck accident lawyer Austin can count on. With many years of experience litigating major truck & 18 wheeler accident cases, Chris and his team has the experience to maximize your compensation after an injury and always treats clients like family. You deserve to be represented by a lawyer who knows cases like yours and fights for maximum compensation — not only for what you’ve been through, but any challenges that may face you in the future. Many truck accidents continue to happen in the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and Dallas. These Texas accidents involve 18-wheeler collisions, tractor-trailer collisions, and other commercial truck collisions. Truck accidents result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities all too often.
Austin’s 18-Wheeler & Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers Who Fight for Victims
The Cagle Law Firm, P.C., has earned its reputation as experienced and skilled lawyers helping victims of Texas truck accidents. Our Austin truck accident lawyers understand how traumatic truck accidents can be for our clients. That is why we provide compassionate and personalized attention to you and your family to help you through the aftermath.
The truck accident lawyer Austin can trust to know the law, and fight from experience. Texas 18-wheelers are regulated by strict Federal Rules regarding how much time an 18-wheeler driver can spend on the road without taking a break, what drivers can consume, what drivers are allowed to haul, and how their truck is maintained and serviced. These rules are monitored and enforced by log books, inspection reports, and “black boxes” in the truck itself. The data (such as sudden braking, sudden changes in velocity, and the speed of the truck at a particular moment in time) is recorded in the reports.
Texas 18-wheeler accidents can result in catastrophic injuries for those involved. That is because the average passenger vehicle we all drive weighs about 3,000 pounds, whereas a loaded 18-wheeler can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When a collision with one of these huge trucks happens, people can be seriously hurt or even killed.
You can bet that the 18-wheeler company has lawyers and insurance personnel on standby to provide immediate damage control after an accident with a passenger vehicle. In other words, 18-wheeler companies have someone in their corner, ready to fight and protect them in the event of an accident. Just like them, you need someone in your corner who understands how to immediately preserve evidence and has the resources to have accident reconstruction and trucking safety experts start working on the case immediately.
Did Negligence Play a Role in Your 18-Wheeler or Semi-Truck Accident?
Due to the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers and semi-trucks, truck drivers and companies are required to follow specific safety regulations and rules set by government agencies to safely operate their trucks on the road and protect those that share the roadways with them.
Other motorists’ lives are put at risk when truck drivers or truck companies fail to follow these rules. Common factors that play a role in trucking accidents caused by negligent drivers include:
- Driver fatigue, possibly caused by violating hours of service rules;
- Unsecured loads or overweight trailers;
- Speeding or aggressive driving;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Improper maintenance and pre-trip inspections of the truck; and,
- Improper driver training by the trucking company.
These behaviors put us all at risk and constitute negligence by the driver and his/her employer.
Did You Know? Truck Accidents Likely to Increase. Our Lawyers Fight for You.
Truck accidents in Texas occur most frequently on the major roadways like Mopac, State Highway 130 (“SH 130”), and the I-35 corridor. The number of 18-wheeler accidents in Austin and surrounding areas is likely to increase due to a couple of different factors.
First, the 85 mph speed limit on State Highway 130 (SH 130) is the highest speed limit in the entire country. SH 130, which runs a total of 91 miles from North Austin to Seguin was intended to alleviate the familiar gridlock on Austin roadways like Mopac and I-35. However, the increased speed limit has created problems that have led to the rise in 18-wheeler accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) recently reported that deadly accidents caused by 18-wheelers were on the rise nationwide. The report determined that the increasing numbers of 18-wheeler fatalities were caused by high speed tire blow-outs and poor maintenance of commercial trucks.
The NHTSA report specifically found that 18-wheeler truck tires are not rated to operate in excess of 81 mph. That means that there is not a single 18 wheeler in the country that is capable of driving the established speed limit on SH 130 without creating the risk of a devastating tire blow-out.
Even the trucking industry has spoken up against state and local government speed limit increases. The American Trucking Association (“ATA”) has been warning State Governments of the dangers posed by increasing speed limits beyond 65 mph for years.
“Raising speed limits at the state level is a bad idea beyond 65 mph,” -ATA executive vice president Dave Osiecki.
Of course, the industry could simply police itself and regulate the maximum speed of their trucks through the use of speed limiters, a simple and affordable device that mechanically regulates how fast a big rig can drive. Unfortunately, the industry has not taken any meaningful steps towards the use of speed limiters.
The next time you see an 18-wheeler passing you at 81+ MPH on the highway, you should know that the truck is operating outside the specifications of the very tires that are propelling it down the road. The tires could literally blow-out at any moment travelling that fast.
Experience and Respect. The Truck Accident Lawyer Austin Trusts.
Once you hire us, we will immediately investigate and collect evidence from the scene of the accident. It is vital to collect and preserve any evidence, including information from the truck driver’s computer navigational system, their driving logs and CRM data.
Some cases require an accident reconstruction expert to immediately investigate the scene before physical evidence disappears. Important evidence like debris fields, tire marks, gouge marks, and other physical evidence may not be able to be reconstructed after it disappears. Therefore, it is imperative that we get started working on your case right away to help preserve the evidence you need in order to get the compensation you deserve.
Don’t Wait To Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers
These kinds of accidents can cause devastating injuries, such as serious head injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis and death. We can make sure the driver and all parties responsible for the accident are held accountable, and we will fight to help you receive the maximum amount of benefits and compensation available in your case.
If you’ve been injured in a Texas 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident, contact us right away. Call our office at 888-353-3619 or 512-371-6101, or contact us online.