We Fight for Truck Accident Injury Victims

Traffic accidents involving semi-trucks are devastating. Because of their size, 18-wheeler crashes cause damages and injuries that are typically far more significant than regular auto accidents.

More severe damages and injuries mean more complex legal proceedings, which is why it’s crucial that truck accident victims consult with a lawyer who has significant experience handling truck accident injury cases.

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If you’re here because you were involved in an accident with a truck, we are so sorry. We cannot imagine what you’re going through. What can do is fight to ensure that you receive enough financial compensation to begin to rebuild your life.

If you’re ready, we invite you to contact our Austin, Texas office. You can get a hold of us in two ways: If you prefer email please submit this short contact form. If you prefer the phone, please call our office any time at 512-616-2222. We will listen to the details of the truck accident case and tell you quickly whether you may have a viable personal injury claim. This conversation with us is 100% free of charge, confidential, and comes with no obligation. You have nothing to lose.

3 Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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Most truck accidents involve some sort of commercial entity. For example, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was severely injured in a 2014 accident involving a Wal-Mart truck. Morgan and his attorneys sued Wal-mart for negligence.

Specifically, they claimed that the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel because he had been awake for 24 hours straight, and that Wal-Mart was responsible for this negligence that led to the accident.

Because of the commercial nature of trucking, accidents involving semi-trucks tend to be caused by any of the following circumstances:

1. Defective Equipment or Maintenance

In an effort to save money, or perhaps by oversight, a truck’s equipment might go without inspection for quite some time. As a result, parts or systems of the truck that are essential for the truck’s safe operation like brakes and tires that are in need of maintenance or replacement can go unnoticed and unaddressed. When these fail, a truck driver may lose control of the truck, or may be unable to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

2. Driver Fatigue and Impaired Driving

A truck driver is legally limited in the number of hours he or she can drive before stopping to rest. But truck drivers can and do tire before they reach these limits. A truck driver who is tired is not able to keep his eyes or attention on the task of driving, which in turn can affect his or her ability to see hazards and react appropriately. In a similar way, drinking or using drugs affects the mental and physical abilities of truck drivers, causing them to react to hazards too slowly or in an unsafe manner.

3. Improper Training or Lack of Experience

Driving a truck safely, especially on congested highways and streets, takes a certain amount of skill and experience. Novice truck drivers or those who were inadequately trained may not know how to respond to problems that arise while driving. For instance, a hazard in the road may trigger a natural instinct to slam on the brakes, causing them to lose control of their rig.

Understanding Truck Accident Lawsuits

Regardless of the cause of the crash, a collision with a commercial truck can cause extensive damage, serious injuries or even death.

Recovering money from the trucking company for your medical expenses, lost wages, and damaged car is possible, but you need to act swiftly and prudently. Certain items of evidence such as cell phone records and data from the truck’s computer can be irretrievably lost if they are not requested quickly enough, making it difficult or impossible to prove the negligence of the truck driver. The trucking company and their insurance carrier may try and have you sign documents that can adversely impact your ability to recover damages.

A successful suit will depend on showing that the truck driver acted negligently and that his or her negligence caused the crash and your injuries. Witness statements (including your own recollection of the accident), photographs, and medical records will likely be used to show the truck driver’s responsibility. Depending upon the exact nature of the crash, accident reconstructionists or other experts may be necessary.

Contact Sutliff & Stout

If you’re ready, we encourage you to contact our Austin office to speak with one of our attorneys about your accident. Remember, you can contact us in two ways; by submitting this short contact form, or by calling our office at 512-616-2222. If you are still unsure, please take some time to review the information in our personal injury guide. We look forward to fighting for you.

Case Studies

  • $1,850,000.00 Settlement

    Our client was involved in a significant head-on collision. The client sustained a broken collar bone and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury form the collision. As with most mild TBIs, it was difficult for the client to understand her injury and the changes in her personality. Sutliff & Stout was able to help get her to the right doctors to treat her condition and we hired the necessary experts to help explain the prolonged and detrimental effects of a TBI. After almost a year of heavily contested litigation, we were able to obtain a substantial settlement that netted the client $871,105.00 in addition to the payment of over $117,500.00 in medical expenses.

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  • $525,000.00 Settlement

    Shannon was injured as a result of materials falling off of an 18-wheeler on to her mini-van while she was at a red light. The injuries to her back required her to get a pain pump. She and her husband tried to deal with the insurance company on the front end, but insurance company refused to be fair. In fact, the insurance company refused to offer more than $15,000 to resolve Shannon’s claim. After hitting a dead end, Shannon hired Sutliff & Stout, who after a significant amount of discovery and work was able to obtain $525,000 settlement for Shannon. Net recovery to client was $316,000.

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  • $515,000.00 Settlement

    Sutliff & Stout obtained a $515,000 settlement for Matt as the result of his 18-wheeler accident. Matt hit an 18-wheeler trailer that was backed into the roadway at night. As a result of this collision, he had to have a shoulder operation. Net recovery to client was $305,000.00.

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Featured Testimonial

I was rear-ended. At first, I tried to work with the insurance company to get the help I needed, but it became apparent to me the insurance company had no interest in helping. That is when I turned to Sutliff & Stout. The Firm helped me find good doctors to help treat my back and shoulders and they filed suit on my case right away. If I ever had any questions, I could call and get a lawyer on the phone to address my concern (even on the weekends). If someone I know needs an injury lawyer, I tell them to call Sutliff & Stout.

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