Interstate 35 is a major north-south highway that runs from Minnesota all the way down to Laredo, Texas. Because of this direct route that passes through so many states, this is a regular thoroughfare for commercial trucks transporting goods throughout the United States. Unfortunately for those in the Austin area, this increases the risk of truck accidents when you are driving on I-35.
If you are in a truck crash on the interstate, you should not wait to speak with Austin truck accident attorneys about your rights.
In October 2021, a truck accident on I-35 near 51st Street in Austin left two people dead. A passenger vehicle reportedly collided with a semi-truck and burst into flames, fully engulfing the vehicle and its two occupants. Those occupants were declared to be deceased at the scene of the crash by ATCEMS paramedics. The semi-driver had non-life-threatening injuries and cooperated with authorities. Law enforcement did not give a cause for the crash, though all I-35 southbound lanes were shut down from about 8:30 pm to 4:45 am for the TxDOT investigation and clean up.
There are many reasons why truck accidents happen on I-35 and other interstate highways, as well as reasons why such accidents are particularly serious for those involved. Some common causes might include:
While not every truck accident is the fault of the truck driver, it is common for truck drivers and trucking companies to be liable for I-35 crashes.
When a truck is traveling at freeway speeds, the impact of a collision with a small passenger vehicle can be greater. In the above example, the crash was enough to set the car on fire. This increases the chances of catastrophic injuries or death resulting from an accident.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you need to determine what caused the crash so you know who should be liable for your losses. You might be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. If you lost a loved one in a tragic truck accident, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim if you are a close family member. The right attorney can help you file the necessary claims while you focus on your physical recovery and medical care.
Truck accident claims are often complicated and highly technical, so you want a law firm with experience and resources to handle your case. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a crash, do not delay in reaching out to our legal team at Terry & Kelly Injury Lawyers. Contact us for a free evaluation of your rights as soon as you can – we are ready to help.
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