Examining the various aspects of the major Texas city and legal options for individuals injured in 18-wheeler accidents in Austin.
Austin is regarded for more than being the capital of the state of Texas. It is a tourist destination also known for its authentic culture. Recognized as the Music Capital of the World, Austin is home to over 250 music venues and boasts a vibrant arts scene unparalleled by any other city. In addition, the city is the 11th most populous in the United States and the 4th most populous in the state of Texas, and what is deemed the American South. Austin’s population of more than 900,000 people also makes it the second largest state capital in the country. In 2015, Forbes ranked the city as the second fastest-growing one in the U.S.
In addition to its rich arts and music culture, and steadily growing population, Austin is also known for its booming industries, particularly with regard to the heavy concentration of high tech companies in the region.
Transportation in Austin
With such a large population and being a major destination for tourist travel, it is important to note that Austin lies between two major freeways, Interstate 35 and the Mopac Expressway (Loop 1). U.S. Highway 183 also runs northwest to southeast in the city and State Highway 71 crosses the city’s southern region. On these and other major roadways semi truck travel is extensive, as there are multiple links to two other major Texas cities Dallas and Houston. Unfortunately, this factor also correlates to numerous truck accidents occurring every year.
Austin Truck Accidents
In the United States an estimated 500,000 minor to major truck accidents occur every year, with more than 100,000 injuries resulting and approximately 5,000 deaths. The numbers are attributed to what some say is a trend reflecting an increase in commercial truck driving activity on the road, and more truck drivers driving while fatigued.
Source: 1-800-TRUCK-WRECK “More Tired Truck Drivers on the Road a Major Safety Hazard?”
“A recent report from The Associated Press stated that although the number of commercial trucks on the road has increased, there has not been the needed growth in the number of rest stops for truck drivers, which some suggest is a major safety hazard. Truck drivers are not supposed to work more than 14 hours total without having had 10 hours of mandatory downtime according to federal regulations. However, the report notes that some drivers allege that an insufficient number of parking spaces prevents them from adhering to the rules.”
Major cities like Austin share in the astounding statistics leading transportation safety advocates to lead the charge of calling on legislators and others to aid in finding solutions for ways to reduce the number of injuries and deaths. Proposed changes include stricter regulations that further limit the number of hours truck drivers are allowed on roads per work week.
Legal Help for Victims of Austin Truck Wrecks
According to the Austin truck accident attorneys of Witherite Law Group, victims of Austin truck wrecks have legal options for holding those responsible for their accident liable for financial damages they have incurred. These include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage and more. The attorneys suggest that civil action is one means to aid in the fight to reduce truck accident injuries and deaths because it helps deter problematic behaviors that may otherwise become repetitive for some truck drivers and trucking companies.
Individuals who have been injured in a semi truck accident in Austin who need help assessing their legal options can contact the Witherite Law Group helpline by calling 1-800-TRUCK-WRECK at any time day or night.